Nathan Cole, a person of color v. Elijah Mitchel
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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court within
and for the county of St LouisSt Louis

The Petition of NathanNathan a person
of Color represents

That his mother LydiaLydia was once
the slave of Elisha MitchelElisha Mitchel deceased that said ElishaElisha Mitchel
MitchelElisha Mitchel about the year 1809 brought your petitioners
mother into the territory now State of Illinios that about
the year 1805 said Elisha MitchelElisha Mitchel died, & his
widowMitchelMitchell in 1809 administered on the
Estate of said ElishaElisha in St Claire CountySt Claire Countynow state
of IllinoisIllinois that said pretending to said said LydiaLydia
as such administrating as a slave of said Estate in
the year 1809 said LydiaLydia brought a suit of trespass
assault & Battery & false imprisonment against said
as such administrating in the General Court of
the territory of IllinoisIllinois at StSt Clair County ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County before the
judgesthereof and such proceedings were had in said
so that said LydiaLydia was adjudged by saidcourt to be a free
person your petitioner further says that he was
born in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinoiswhere he has been raised
& was yesterday seized & brought to St LouisSt Louis from
whence he was taken in the night & carried as
your petitioner believes on the road to Herculaneum by
one AlexanderAlexander P Fields PAlexander P Fields FieldsAlexander P Fields & others in collusion with him
your petitioner was born since his mother was
adjudged free as aforesaid & has always been a
freeperson & so regards until seized as aforesaid
by said Fieldswho claims the right to hold your
petitioner in slavery your petitioner believes that
said Fields shall remove your Petitioner out of
the state of MissouriMissouri unless prevented by legal
means he therefore prays that he may be
permitted to sue as a poor person to Establish
his freedom that counsel may be assigned
him that a writ of HabeasCorpus may issue
& such orders made & such proceedings had as
will secure the personal safety of your petitioner
By LydiaLydia thenext
friend of said
his mark

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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri St Louis County Ss this day personally appear
NathanNathan Cole ColeNathan Cole marks oath that hebelieves that
the facts in the withinpetition stated are true and
further that said AlexanderAlexander P Fields PAlexander P Fields FieldsAlexander P Fields ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel &
others arrested the within named NathanNathan yesterday
claiming him as a slave & that last night they took
said NathanNathan away from St LouisSt Louis & that they
willremove him out of the state of MissouriMissouri with the intention of enslaving him unlessprevented

Nathan ColeNathan Cole