To the Honorable the the judge, of the Northern
Circuit sitting in and for the county of St LouisSt Louis.
The petition of Arch a free blackman
That your petitioner was heretofore the
slave of one Eusebius HubbardEusebius Hubbard of the county of
St LouisSt Louis, that as such he lived with and served
the said Eusebius HubbardEusebius Hubbard until about the month
of August Eighteen hundred and seventeen when
the said Eusebius HubbardEusebius Hubbard by an instrument in writing
under his hand and seal emancipated your
petitioner after the death of him the said EusebiusEusebius
that shortly afterward the said EusebiusEusebius died
whereby your petitioner believes he became free.
Your petitioner further states that Bar
nabas HarrisHarris of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis now claims
your petitioner as a slave - therefore your
petition prays your honer to make such
order in his behalf to enable him to sue
for his freedom as this law requires,.