Harry Dick, a free negro man vs. Stephen Smith
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St Louis County-

Before WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court at chamber
this ninth of May 1827

On reading the within petition and the annexed affidavit and being of opinion that said
petition contains sufficient matter to authorize The commencement of suits for freedom in the name
of each person within named claimed as a slave, it is Ordered that said milly, Harry DickHarry Dick , William
& David Shipman be permitted to sue as poor persons to establish their freedom respectively and
that JosiahJosiah Spalding SpaldingJosiah Spalding be assigned as their Counsel. It is further ordered that the said petitioners have
reasonable liberty to attend their said Counsel & the Court when occasion may require and that
said petitioner shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
where said suits are to be commenced nor shall be subject to any severity on account of their
application for freedom and being satisfied that the said petitioner are about to be removed out
of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court it is further ordered that the within named StephenStephen Smith
SmithStephen Smith (who is to be made defendant in said suits shall enter into a recognizance with a sufficient
security conditioned that the petitioners shall at all times during the said suit have reasonable liberty
of attending their Counsel; and that said petitioner shall not be removed out of the Jurisdiction of said
St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .- and it further appearing that said SmithSmith refuses to enter into said recognizance
it is hereby ordered that the Sheriff of St Louis County take possession of the petitioners and
hire them out to the best advantage from time to time during the pendency of said writ and
that he take abond from each person hiring any of said petitioners in the penalty of three hundred
dollars for each person hired and exclusive of the infant conditioned according to cause given
under my hand the day & years above written- WillWill . C CarrCarr Judge 3 J Circuit

A true copy of the order,

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk