Patrick Henry vs. Garland Rucker
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To the Honorable the Judge of the St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

PatrickPatrick HenryHenry by Maria WhitenMaria Whiten his next friend
represents to your Honour that he is the infant son of the
said MariaMaria , that he was born a slave in the State ofState of Virginia
VirginiaState of Virginia and was the property of JesseJesse Whiten who resided
in Bedford county in that State, that about twelve
months since the said JesseJesse removed from that State
to KentuckyKentucky and took your petitioner and his mother
along with him, where they resided with the said JesseJesse
about two months, that the said JesseJesse then removed
to the state of IllinoisIllinois and took your petitioner and his mother
with him to reside in IllinoisIllinois, that on coming to said
state and commencing his residence there, he the said
JesseJesse hired the mother of your petitioner to one Abra
-ham Granger in the said state of IllinoisIllinois for three
dollars per month, that that the mother of your petitioner
hired with the said Granger about three months, and
your petitioner being but an infant remained with his
mother at said Granger, that the said JesseJesse established
himself with your petitioner and his mother in Decem -ber 1828 in the State of IllinoisIllinois and died in February 1829-that the said JesseJesse on his death bed called upon witnesses
and declared that it was his desire and his last will & testament
that your petitioner and his mother should be free,
that from the death of the said JesseJesse until within
a few days your petitioner has resided in the state of
IllinoisIllinois with his mother & considered to be and
an a free child, when one Garland Rudher combining
and acting in court with others took possession of
your petitioner and his mother and brought them to
the county of St LouisSt Louis and now holds them as slaves
slaves and is endeavoring to sell them as slaves.
Your petitioner [ beleiving ] and being advised that the