Martha Ann, a woman of colour v. Hiram Cordell
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The State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County, GREETING:

We command you to attach William K. RuleWilliam K Rule
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on this day forthwith184 then
and there to testify, and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in
our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between MarthaMartha Ann AnnMartha Ann is
plaintiff, and CordellCordell defendant, wherein
the said Rule has heretofore been summoned
on the part of the said plaintiff

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Witness, MICHAEL S. CERRE, Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this 10th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine.

M. S. Cerré