Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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To the Honourable WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtsCircuit Court of the third JudicialCircuitsCircuit Court & State of MissouriMissouri

The Petition of VincentVincent a then Vincent DuncanVincent Duncan
represents to your Honor that he is entitled to his freedom
but he is claimed as a slave & held in slavery by JamesJames Duncan DuncanJohnJohn Duncan
DuncanJohn Duncan &ColemanDuncanJames Duncan . Your petitioner Supposed
untill lately that he was claimed as a slave solely
by JohnJohn Duncan DuncanJohn Duncan . but said James & Coleman have
both lately claimed your Petitioner as a slave
& demands pay for his hire & in demand to hire himas
a slave. Your Petitioner further says that said
James DuncanJames Duncan has lately informed your Petitioner
that he said JamesJames claimed your Petitioner as a
slave Your Petitioner it is the intention of said
JamesJames Duncan DuncanJames Duncan to take your Petitioner to New OrleansOrleans & there
sell him as a slave Your Petitioner states that formerly
he was the slave of Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan deceased take of the
State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky & that same time in 1815 or 1816 while he was the slave of said JesseJesse . he said JesseJesse took
your petitioner into the state of IllinoisIllinois & hired him out
there to Labor. that your petitioner continued to Labor
there at the instance & for the Counties of said JesseJesse untill
his death which took place some time about the year
1818 or 1819 your Petitioner further saith that after the
death of said JesseJesse he continued to Labor in the state
of IllinoisIllinois untill late in December 1825 & that he Labored
there at the instance & for the bounties of the heirs of
said JesseJesse your Petitioner further saith that in 1826
he was brought into this state & hired out by said
JamesJames Duncan DuncanJames Duncan since then he has Labored in MissouriMissouri
& that JohnJohn Duncan DuncanColeman Duncan & James-
DuncanJohn Duncan have receivd his wages & all aparised a
can your Petitioner. Your Petitioner prays that
he may be presented to institute suit as a poor person
to establish his freedom that counsel may be assigned
to him & that such order may be made for his security
as the Law & his case requires.

by
VincentVincent his

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