County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri,
To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:
We command you to Summon HiramHiram Cordell CordellHiram Cordell if he
be found in your County, that he be and appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next term thereof, to
be held at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, on the
third Monday of November next, then and there to answer unto MarthaMartha Ann
AnnMartha Ann , Coloured woman of her petition for freedom
to the damage of said plaintiff
dollars: And have you then there this writ.
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this Eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty four.
John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.