Winny, a woman of color v. Samuel Donner
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To the Honorable the circuit found
of the Northern Circuit Setting for the
county of St LouisSt Louis.

The Petition of WinnyWinny a woman
a woman of colour humbly represents that
on the twenty first day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventeen she was the property of a certain
JenningBeckweth and by him at that date
owned as a slave. That at the said date in
the Town and County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis (Where the
said Beckweth then lived and held your
Petitioner as aforesaid) a certain conversa-
tion was had and moved by and between
the said Jennings and a certain SamuelSamuel
Donner concerning the emancipation
of your Petitioner when i was then and there
agreed by and between the said Jennings and
SamuelSamuel that for and in consideration of the
sum of three hundred dollars by the said
SamuelSamuel paid to the said Jennings and for
and in consideration that it was the desire
and intention of the said Jennings that
your Petitioner should be emancipated
at such time and on the fulfilment of the
condition herein after mentioned on the be
half of your Petitioner that is to say when
your Petitioner should pay to the said Sam
uel Donner the sum of three hundred

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and fifty dollars by her work and labour or
earning the same for the said SamuelSamuel by facing
or otherwise, that then your Petitioner
should be free and emancipated. and your
Petitioner States for the consideration aforesaid
and with the intention aforesaid as will more
freely appear by an indenture between the said
parties under their hands and seals containing
the stipulating and covenants to the effect aforesaid a
copy of which is here to the court produced
and desired to be taken as a part of this Peti
tion. your Petitioner was transferred and the
possession of the said SamuelSamuel Donner and
your Petitioner states that since she has been
So transferred she has paid the said Donner
a large amount of money and has also earn
ed by her work and labour as a hired servant
by the said Donner a large amount of money
to and for the use of the said Donner and
by him actually received and your Petitioner
expressly states that the amount of money
by her paid to the said Donner (as apart of
the amount in the said indenture mentioned
by her to be paid to the said Donner and the
amount by the said Donner received for her
work and labour as a hired servant as a
foresaid since the said transfer makes in
the whole considerably more than the said
sum of three hundred dollars the sum to the paid
before her emancipation as in the said
indenture is specified and your Petitioner
humbly insists that she according to the