John vs. William Campbell
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St LouisSt LouisNovember 18th 1831

To the Hon. WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court within & for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Your petitioner
John by his friend MargarettMargarett represents
to your honour that his mother was born at
in the state of MissouriMissouri where she remained some time
and was then taken to the State of IllinoisIllinois about fifteen
years since and during her residence there your peti
tioner was born between twelve and thirteen years ago
that he with his mother or a short
time after his birth were taken to the State of Miss
ouri where they remained about one year and were
taken again to IllinoisIllinois and to in said State
where your petitioner was sold and has ever since
remained until brought to the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis a few
days since by William CampbellWilliam Campbell who has for several
years past and does now hold and restrain your
petitioner as a slave your petitioner further
to that said CampbellCampbell as he says is on his way to
with your petitioner to WashingtonWashingtonCity but he
has reason to fear he may be him to
New OrleansOrleans for sale- Therefore your petitioner says
he may be permitted to sue as a poor person that
he may establish his right to his freedom and tho
such other and further orders may be made in the
premises as the Law and as to your Honor
sum meet

John by his next friend