Jonathan and Gilbert, men of color v. Coleman Duncan, Edward Tract, and Charles Wahrendorff
View original image: Page  001
[missing figure]

State ofMissouri MissouriMissouriCircuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial Circuit St Louis
CountyMarch Term AD 1831

To the Honorable WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of said
Court in Chancery Sitting

Your orators Jonathan & Gilbert
men of color represent unto your honor that heretofore
to wit on the 20th day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & thirtyat said county Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan
whom your complainants pray may be made defendant
to this bill had seized & taken into his possession & there
held in his custody the said GilbertGilbert who is the brother of
said JonathanJonathan & the said ColemanColeman then & there claimed
siad GilbertGilbert as his slave for life offered to sell him
as such to said complainant JonathanJonathan who is a free man of color & threatened that if said
JonathanJonathan would not purchase said GilbertGilbert to take
said GilbertGilbert to some other place & sell him as a slave
The said ColemanColeman proposed that said JonathanJonathan
should give him in advance one hundred Dollars
& said JonathanJonathan & said GilbertGilbert should give him
there obligation for three hundred Dollars more
payable by Installments $100 payable Ten months
from the date last aforesaid and & $100 payable Twenty
months from the date last aforesaid & $100
payable Thirty months from the said 25th day May AD 1830 and it was further suggested
that by the time these installments became
due said GilbertGilbert could earn the money aforesaid
$400 by his laboring & it was preposed that if said
GilbertGilbert should die at any time before the end of
the Thirty months aforesaid that the said Jonathan
& Gilbert should only pay said a porportionable
part of said sum of Three hundred Dollas, and it
was suggested that as GilbertGilbert desired to be a free man
said ColemanColeman should convey said GilbertGilbert to said JonathanJonathan
as a slave by bill of Sale That said JonathanJonathan
should give said GilbertGilbert a bond of Emancipation

View original image: Page  002
[missing figure]
and that said complaints should give them same
obligation to said ColemanColeman for the Three hundred Dollars
payable by Installments as aforesaid your complainants
say that said JonathanJonathan acting under the belief that
the representation made by said ColemanColeman that said
GilbertGilbert was his slave was true & said GilbertGilbert acting under
of false imprisonment they to the preparation
& acted upon the suggestions of said ColemanColeman and said
JonathanJonathan accordingly advanced $100 to him said ColemanColeman
then gave said JonathanJonathan a bill of sale for said
GilbertGilbert , said JonathanJonathan there signed & sealed in
presence of witnesses a bond of Emancipation for
said GilbertGilbert which bond of Emancipation it was
suggested said JonathanJonathan should keep the said
sum of $400 should be paid by said GilbertGilbert so
that said JonathanJonathan should be secured for the
many & which he should security for an
amount of said GilbertGilbert which Bill of Sale and
bond of Emancipation are the first marked
A No 1 & the Second B No 2. and the
complainants make them a part of this bill.
said complainants say they their expected & believed
to said ColemanColeman there same obligation of for three
hundred Dollars payable by Instalments according
to the proposition of said ColemanColeman as before stated
and said complainants say that said sum of
$100 was advanced & said bond for $300 was
given for the purpose of affecting the the Emancipation
of said GilbertGilbert from Slavery & no other consideration
and said complainants alledge that when said
Bond was expected & long before that said GilbertGilbert
had became entitled to his freedom & said ColemanColeman well knew it but then & for a Long time