William vs. Stephen Smith
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St Louis County-

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

On reading the within petition and the annexed affidavit and being of opinion that said
petition contain 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 MillyMilly ,
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 petitioner have reasonable liberty to attend their said Counsel
& the said Court when occasion may require and that said petitioners shall not to taken
or removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court where said suits an to
be commenced nor shall be subject to any severity of treatment an account of this
application for freedom, and being satisfied, that the said petitioners are about to be
removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court if is further ordered that
the within named Stephen 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 petitioners
shall not be removed out of the Jurisdiction of said St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .- and at 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 suits and that he take a bond from each person hiring any of
said petitioners in the penalty of Three hundred dollars for each person hired out exclusive
of the infant conditioned according to law. Given order my hand the day & year
above written WillWill . C. CarrCarr Judge 3 J Circuit

A True copy of the order

ArchArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk