Theotiste alias Cathicthe v. Pierre Chouteau
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To the [ Honuorable ] Circuit Court of the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, July Term 1827

The petition of Theotiste alias [ Cathicthe ], a woman of
colour, represents, that she was born in Prairie Durocher
in the now State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois, in the family and possession
of Bourbeau, then an inhabitant of IllinoisIllinois;
That your petitioner was reared and brought up in a state
of slavery in Prairie Durocher, in the possession of said
Bourbeau, and remained in his family till
about nine or ten years ago, when she was brought to
this State, then the Territory of MissouriMissouri, where
she was sold to ManuelManuel Lesa; That said Lesa
held your petitioner in slavery [ untill ] his death, after
which she was sold at public sale and was bought
by Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau , junior, who still holds, her, and
exercises authority over her as a slave, by hiring her
and receiving the profits therefore, and by exercising
all manner of control over her, And your petitioner
represents that she is advised and believes, that being
born in the now state of IllinoisIllinois, and having been
brought up there, that she is, according to the laws of
the land entitled to her freedom from slavery, to exercise
and enjoy her natural liberty, of which she
has been unjustly deprived. And your petitioner represents,
that She can prove and establish the fact of her birth
and residence in IllinoisIllinois, by persons who reside there.

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Your petitioner therefore prays that this honorable Court
will permit and order that your petitioner be allowed
and permitted to institute suit for her freedom, against
the said Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau , junior, in this honorable Court,
and that she be permitted to sue as a poor person,
according to the form of the statute in that case made
and provided: and your petitioner will ever pray, etc.

PeterPeter FergusonFerguson
Theotiste,

alias [ Cathicthe ]
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