Mary, a woman of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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H. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1827
Tuesday July 31st 1827

John M. Bass presents the petition of MaryMary praying that she may be permitted to
institute suit against Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville to establish her
right to freedom and that she may be permitted to sue as a poor person, therefore
the Court permits the said MaryMary to sue as aforesaid and direct that an action of
assault and battery and false imprisonment be commenced against the said
Francis MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville in the name of the said MaryMary and
assign John M. Bass esquire as her counsel and it is ordered by the court that
the said defendands permit the said MaryMary to have a reasonable liberty
of attending her counsel and the court when occasion may require it and
that the said MaryMary the plaintiff shall not be taken or removed out of the
Jurisdiction of this Court and that she shall not be subject to any severity
of treatment on account of her said application for liberty
A true copy of the order

Arch GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk