Peter, a free man of color vs. James Walton, George Walton
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To the HonorableWilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Judge of the
St. LouisSt Louis circuit court

Your petitionerPeterPeter a man of color that he was born a slave in the family
of William WaltonWilliam Walton and was
taken there to the state of IllinoisIllinois by and with
the of said William WaltonWilliam Walton in which
state of IllinoisIllinois he to and with Edward Langford who married the daughter of the
William WaltonWilliam Walton with the and by the
character of said WilliamWilliam until the
of the said Edward Langford per the daughter
of said WilliamWilliam , when and
of said wife of Edward Langford and daughter the
of said William WaltonWilliam Walton were brought by HenryHenry Walton
WaltonHenry Walton to the state of MissouriMissourifrom the
state of IllinoisIllinois where he has been detained
in slavery was and is now held in bondage

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as a slave by James WaltonJames Walton your petitioner
further states that he was carried to the state
of IllinoisIllinois by the direction and of
the said William WaltonWilliam Walton where he remained
for the month of October until the in the employment of Edward Langford and BetsyBetsy
his wife the daughter of William WaltonWilliam Walton upon
place and property he was in the state of IllinoisIllinois
who than in the state of IllinoisIllinois
and your petitioner is injured and he lives
not under the above circumstances the
laws of the county he is withheld to his freedom
and that he is now illegally and injustifiably inferred in a state of slavery by James WaltonJames Walton . He therefore prays your honor may make a
order authorizing him to and persecute a suit for his freedom according to the provisions of the statute in that are and
per ordered

PeterPeter his

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