Suzette alias Judith Bequette v. John Reynolds
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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louisof St. LouisCounty St Louis


In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 26th March 1826

Joseph CharlessJoseph Charless Jr JrJoseph Charless Jr . presents the petition of JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette in behalf of herself and
her children praying that they may be permitted to institute suit against JohnJohn Reynolds ReynoldsJohn Reynolds to establish
their right to freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons thereupon the court permits
the said JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette and her said children to wit John, Angelique and EdmundEdmund to sue
as aforesaid and direct that an action of assault Battery and false imprisonment then commenced
against the said John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds in the name of the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette and in
the name of the said JohnJohn Angelique AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund by their next friend and assigned
Joseph Charless JrJoseph Charless Jr . Esquire as their counsel and it is ordered by the court that the said defendant permit
the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette , John, Angelique and EdmundEdmund to have a reasonable liberty of attending
the counsel and the court when the occasion may require it and that the said JudithJudith ,JohnJohn Angelique ,
AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund the plaintiffs shall not be taken or removed out of the jurisdiction
of this court and that they shall not be subject to any severity of treatment on account
of their said application for freedom. A true copy of the order

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk