Anson and Michael, persons of color, by and through their next friend, William Clark v. Elijah Mitchel
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To the Honorable the WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr
judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis

Your petitioners AnsonAnson and
MichaelMichael persons of color by their
next friendWilliamWilliam Clerk assert
that their motherMatildaMatilda is a free
woman so adjuged by the courts of
MissouriMissouri under the government
that about 13 years since after
her right to freedom was established she
went to reside in the state of IllinoisIllinois
that your petitionerswerefree after
the said MatildaMatilda became free and
have entrusted to used from the
in the state of IllinoisIllinois with
their mother free and
at liberty until this day wherethey
wereclaimed as slaves by yourElijahElijah Mitchel
MitchelElijah Mitchel and others and then
from the said state of IllinoisIllinois and brought
to this county of St LouisSt Louiswhere thus
our now detained as slaves by this
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel and Ansel

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who about to by
the of this
and state you petitioners pray
that they may be used to
to establishtheir right to freedom
and that your honor may issue a wit habeas
fromtheir said jurisdiction
and they well

Michael by
William ClarkWilliam Clark their