Peter, a slave vs. James Walton
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To the honourable Mr. C. CarrCarr , Judge of the Circuit
Court, of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis and State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri, June 1st, 1829:

Your petitioner, PeterPeter ,
represents to your honour that he was born
in North CarolinaCarolina , the property of MM. Wal-
ton; that the said William WaltonWilliam Walton emigra-
ted from the said William WaltonWilliam Walton emigrated fr state of North CarolinaCarolina to
the State of MissouriMissouri about twenty one years since, and brought your petition
er with him as his property; that about
one year after the residence of the said Wal
ter in this State, he gave your petitioner
to his daughter ElizabethElizabeth Lunsford,
wife of Edward Lunsford, who resided
in the North Western Territory; that
the said ElizabethElizabeth Lunsford took your
petitioner from the house of WilliamWilliam Walton
WaltonWilliam Walton and carried him to the state
of IllinoisIllinois, to the house of Edward Luns
ford, where your petitioner remained a-
bout two years in the employment of
EdwardEdward and ElizabethElizabeth Lunsford; that
your petitioner is now held in slavery
by JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton , who resides in the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis and State of MissouriMissouri
when your petitioner is advised and belives
he is entitled to y his freedom, and
prays that he may be permitted to sue
in form a pauper to establish his right
thereto, and that such other orders may
be made in the premises as the law di
rects, and as may seem meet and propose
to your honour.

his PeterPeter