Virginia, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1827

John M BassJohn M Bass presents to the court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia & VictoireVictoire children of
MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institute suit against FrancoisFrancois Menard
MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for establishing their right to Freedom and that they may be
permitted to due 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 & VirginiaVirginia and assign John M BassJohn M Bass and Isaac @
M McGirk as their Counsel and it is ordered by the court that the said defendants permit
the said plaintiffs to have 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 severity of treatment on account of their said application for freedom

A True copy of the order

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk