Anna, a woman of color vs. Thomas Higginbotham
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtJuly Term 1831 Monday 15th August 1831

GustavusGustavus A Bird A BirdGustavus A Bird presents to the Court the petition of AnnaAnna a
woman of color praying that she may be permitted to institute suit
againstThomas HigginbothamThomas Higginbotham to establish his right to freedom and
that she may be permitted to sue as a poor person thereupon the court
permits the said AnnaAnna to sue as aforesaid and directs that an
action of assault and Battery and false imprisonment be commenced
against the said Thomas HigginbothamThomas Higginbotham in the name of the said AnnaAnna
and assignGustavus A BirdGustavus A Bird Esquire as her counsel and it is ordered that
the said defendant permit the said AnnaAnna to have a reasonable liberty
of attending her counsel and the court when occasion may require it
and that the said AnnaAnna the plaintiff shall not be taken or Removed
out of the Jurisdiction of this court and that he shall not be subject
to any severity of treatment on account of her said application
for freedom.

A true copy of the order

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk