Francois LaGrange vs. Bernard Pratt, Pierre Chouteau Jr.,John P. Cabanne, Bartholomew Berthold, B. Pratt & Co.
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To WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Esquire Judge of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court St. Louis County.

The petition of FrancisFrancis La Grange [ Francis La GrangeLa Grange ]alias IsidoreIsidore
a free man of Color, humbly Sheweth, That your
petitioner was born in St LouisSt Louis upper Louis iana now the State of MissouriMissouri, of black
Parents, and that sometime in the year eighteen hundred and fifteen Pascal Carrs who owned
your petitioner since his infancy sold him to
Pierre MenardPierre Menard of KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the StateIllinois
of IllinoisIllinois, by whom he was removed to Kaskia,
and retained at his house for two or
three months and afterwards said PierrePierre surely your
petitioner, on board of a boat, bound for New
OrleansOrleans, to serve as a hand, that your petitioner
was absent from KaskaskiaKaskaskia five or six month
on said voyage, and That upon his return he was
again retained by said PierrePierre at his house, for
some two or three months, when he was sent to
St. LouisSt Louis and sold to PrattePratte , , ChouteauChouteau ,
and , who now hold your petitioner
in bondage as a Slave, Contrary to the laws
of this land, In tender consideration whereof
your petitioner humbly prays your honor to be
permitted to institute suit in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for his freedom, and that he may be permitted
to sue as a poor person, and that your honor
would make such other and farther order in
this behalf as shall be deemed by your
honor and your petitioner will pray

FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ] alias IsidoreIsidore
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Upon view of the within petition it is hereby
ordered that said Francis[ LaGrange ] alias IsidoreIsidore
be permitted to institute suit as a poor person
to his freedom and Joseph Charles Jr is as
signed him as counsel-

And it is further ordered, that said petition
& have reasonable liberty to attend his counsel
and the court when occasion may require &
that said petitioner shall not be taken or moved
out of the Jurisdiction of the Court nor be subject
to any severity because of his application for free
dom.

March 8 1827.

WillWill . C

Judge 3 Circuit