Patrick Henry vs. Garland Rucker
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1829
Wednesday 19th august 1829

George J Strother presents here to the court the petition of PatrickPatrick
HenryHenry by Maria WhitenMaria Whiten his next friend praying that he may be
permitted to institute suit against Garland RuckerGarland Rucker to establish his right
to freedom and that he may be permitted to sue as a poor person there-
-upon
the Court permits the said PatrickPatrick HenryHenry to sue as aforesaid
and directs that an action of assault and battery and false im-
-prisonment be commenced against the said Garland RuckerGarland Rucker in the
name of the said PatrickPatrick HenryHenry and assign George T Strother
Esquire as his counsel and it is ordered by the Court that the
said defendant permit the said PatrickPatrick HenryHenry to have a reason
-able
liberty of attending his counsel and the Court when occasion