Milly, a black woman, for herself and her two infant children, Eliza and Bob v. Mathias Rose
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To the Honorable the Circuit court in for
the CountyCounty of St Louis of St LouisCounty of St Louis in the Territory of MissouriMissouri

The petition of MillyMilly a black woman who petitions
as well for herself as for her two infant children ElizaEliza aged, about 4 years and BobBob aged about 2 years -

That your petationer and her said children are
held in slavery by one MathiasRoseRose at StSt Ferdinand
FerdinandSt Ferdinand in the CountyCounty of St Louis of St LouisCounty of St Louis and within
the jurisdiction of this court that your petitioner was removed into this territory about
2 years ago by the said RoseRose from the new state then territory of IllinoisIllinois - and has been
held by him as a slave ever since - that your petitioner resided immediately preceeding her removal
into this Territory in the said Territory of
IllinoisIllinois and had continued to reside there for
about the space of sixteen years. that the said RoseRose was also an inhabitant of that
territory and held your petitioner as a supplied> slave during, all that time.

She therefore that under the laws of IllinoisIllinois & the ordinance of congress she is entitled to be free. Wherefore she prays
that she and her children above named may be entitled to sue for their freedom as poor per-
sons
in this honorable Court according to the
statute in such - and your petitioner -

MillyMilly her mark