Pelage v. Francois Valois and John P. Cabanne
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Pelagie a woman of Colour
by her next friends
Francois Valois

James presents the petition of Pelagie
a woman of colour praying that she may be permitted to institute a
suit against Francois ValoisFrancois Valois for establishing her right to freedom and
that she may be permitted to sue as a poor person thereupon the
court permit the said Pelagie to sue as aforesaid and direct an
action of assault and battery and false imprisonment to be brought
in the name of said Pelagie against the said Francois ValoisFrancois Valois and
assign James St. Peek as her counselor and it is ordered by the court
that the said defendant permit the said petitioner to have a reasonable
liberty of attending her counsel and the court when occasion may
require it and that the said petitioner shall not be taken or removed
out of the jurisdiction of this Court or be subject to any severity
of treatment on account of her application for freedom

A copy from the Records

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk