Elizabeth, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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St. LouisSt LouisCicuit CourtCircut Court July Term 1827

John M BassJohn M Bass presents to the Court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia and VictoireVictoire children
of MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institutea suit
against FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for Establishing their right to
freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons - thereupon the Court
permit the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire , and VirginiaVirginia to sue as aforesaid and direct that
an action of assault and battery and false imprisonment be commenced against
the said defendants by their next friend in the names of the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire
and VirginiaVirginia and assignJohn M BassJohn M Bass and IsaacIsaac C McGirkMcGirk as their counsel and it
is ordered by the Court that the said defendants permit the said plaintiffs to have a
reasonable liberty of attending their counsel and the Court when occasion may
require it and that the said plaintiff shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction
of this Court and that the said plaintiff shall not be subject to any seventy
of treatment on account of then said application for freedom

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk