Francois LaGrange vs. Bernard Pratt, Pierre Chouteau Jr.,John P. Cabanne, Bartholomew Berthold, B. Pratt & Co.
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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
alias IsadoreIsadore a
coloured man
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau

Be it remembered that on the trial of the
joined in said cause the plaintiff by his wit
nesses proved as follows to wit by the witness PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre
he proved that said said PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre in the year 1816 was
owner of the plaintiff who was slave of said Corré that
said Corrédetained of selling said plaintiff that
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun the said Defendant wished to purchase
said slave that said PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre declined selling said
said slave to said Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau because he Corré
wished to sell him to some person who would take
said slave away from, Corré that
of the state of Illonois and at Kaskakia in said
state proposedpurchasing said slave from said Corré
to which said Corréagreed and accordingly for the
sum of five hundred dollars which was paid to
by said person and him said
slave By the said the two said plaintiff
proved that the said (her that the PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre about the month
of september 1816named as author by by a city of Illionois on defendant of
Kaskakia said take and slave FrancoisFrancois from
PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre for the sum of five hundred dollars that
said prison did note when he purchased said
slave want said slave for his own use and was
well aware that he could not hold said FrancoisFrancois
in slavery in the state of IllinoisIllinois that he said
purchased said slave in names of an

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agreement an understanding between him said mentioned and said PierrePierre Chouteau
ChouteauPierre Chouteau that the underlanding betwen said men and
and said Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau was that the slave was
to be delevered to said ChouteauChouteau at any time within
six[ n ] seven months provided said ChouteauChouteau should
lay said MenardMenard the prea wheel he gave Corré
for said plaintiff that shortly after the sale said
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau applied to said MenardMenard to transfer
the negro to him ChouteauChouteau as had him recently
agreed between them that MenardMenard refused to do so
at this term for the on that he had bought
the slave from Corré in correction of recovering him
from St LouisSt Louis and that it was that he should
remove the slave from St LouisSt Louis in order to make Corré
believe that it was his (Menard's) intention so to
do when he bought the said slave from Corré
that shortly after the purchase of said plantiff said
MenardMenard removed him from St LouisSt Louis and sent him
to the main a la in the state of MissouriMissouri that
said MenardMenard employed and plaintiff at men a la
for some time and then sent him to Kas Kas Kis
for the purpose of sending him as a hand on board
of a keel boat to New OrleansOrleans that said plaintiff
removed about two days at the Kas Kas Kis and was
the part in said keel boat to New OrleansOrleans That
said plaintiff returned in same boat to Kas Kas Kis
about the last of march 1817 and remained at that