Peter, a man of color v. James Walton
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To the HonorableWilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Judge
of the circuit court of county of St LouisSt Louis

Your petitioner PeterPeter humbly rep
resents, that he was born in the state
of North CarolinaCarolina a slave the property of William WaltonWilliam Walton who came to
county of St LouisSt Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
about twenty three years since and
brought your petitioner with him, that
your petitioner resided with his master
Willam Walton in the county of St LouisSt Louis
about two years when the said Willi
am WaltonWalton gave your petitioner to his
daughter ElizabethElizabeth Lansford who then
resided in the state of IndianaIndiana to wait
for the saidElizabethElizabeth and her child
that the said ElizabethElizabeth took your petitioner
up her on back at the house
of William WaltonWilliam Walton in of there
by and conveyed him to her house in the
state of IndianaIndiana where he resided with
her about two years there he was
taken to and from there brought

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to the county of St LouisSt Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
where he now resides and is held in slave
ry by James WaltonJames Walton most of which
he by the awarded affidavit
A which your petitioner asks to
in part of this his petition

Your petitioner being advised and
believing that the above events and gives him claim to and entitles him
freedom, prays to be permitted to sue
in forma pauperis to establish his right
to his freedom and that such other and fur
ther orders may be made in the
as the law and to your honor may
and

PeterPeter his

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markSworn to & subscribed this10th day of March 1831 Before

Garner, J. C.