County Of St. LouisSt Louis, ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri,
To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:
We command you to summon George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons , 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 PrestonPreston ,
a man of color, of a plea of trespass. & false imprison-
to the damage of said plaintiff Five Thousand
dollars: And have you then there this writ.
with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this fourth day ofJune in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty-four.
John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk.