Louisa vs. Sanford Calvert
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To the Honorable WilliamWilliam C.CarrCarr
judge of the circuitcourt of St. Louis

YourpetitionerLouisaLouisa a girl of
color aged years by her next friend
SilasSilas L Duval LSilas L Duval .DuvalSilas L Duval to your honor
that she was born in the state of VirginiaVirginia
andabout two years last March was given
by SilasSilas L Duval LSilas L Duval DuvalSilas L Duval tooneLafordCulvert
who married his daughter that is
after or in a few weeks the SanfordSanford Culvert
CulvertSanford Culvert
took the petitioner to in the
state of IllinoisIllinois where she resided with
the said Culvertuntilovermonth
when he the said Culvertbought your
petitioner to the city of St LouisSt Louis state of
MissouriMissouri where she has sinceyour
petitioner being advised that then
fails in to the to freedom and that she
is unlawfully held in slavery by the
SanfordSanford prays she may for
Culvertpraysthatshe to establish her right to freedom