Lemman Dutton, a girl of color, by and through her next friend, Grace Dutton v. John Paca
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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Court of the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of Lemman DuttonLemman Dutton a free girl of
color by GraceDuttonDutton her mother and next friend respectfully represents that her grandmother
HannahHannah was a slave owned by one Josias Wil-
liam DallamDallam in the state of MarylandMaryland and
that the said DallamDallam while he so owned the said
HannahHannah as a slave on the thirteenth day of March in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven executed a deed of manumis-
sion by which he emancipated the said HannahHannah
at the expiration of thirteen years from the date of
said deed with the provision in said deed that
all the children or childrens children that might
deseend from said HannahHannah and he born in slavery
after the date of said deed should be free at twenty
three years of age. Your petitioner represents that
her mother named Grace was the daughter of
the said HannahHannah and was born about the year
seventeen hundred and ninety two and that your
petitioner was born about the month of June in the year eighteen hundred and sixteen and after her mother the said Grace
had passed the age of twenty three years. your
petitioner further states that the said Grace is now
in the enjoyment of her liberty but that your petition-
er is held as a slave by John PacaJohn Paca within
the county of St LouisSt Louis who claims your petitioner
as his property having obtained your petitioner
as the property of his wife who is the daughter of
the said Jusias WilliamWilliam DallamDallam . wherefore your
petitioner prays that she may he permitted to sue
as a poor person to recover her freedom and that
counsel be assigned her according to law and

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your petitioner as is Duty bound &c.

Teste

A. R. Gamble

Grace her mark Dutten

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