Susan, a girl of color v. Lemon Parker
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To the Hon.l Judge of the
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of
SusanSusan a girl of Colour about fourteen
years of age represents to your honor
that she was born at in
the State of IllinoisIllinois sometime in the
year Eighteen Hundred and Eighteen, that
her mother as she is informed
and believes is a native African and
was at the time of your petitioners birth
held in bondage by one WilliamWilliam
Monnesou of IllinoisIllinois, - that said Monnesou
several years since on the marriage
of his daughter to our AndrewAndrew HayHay
gave your petitioner to said HayHay who
sometime after sent her to GalenaGalena
in IllinoisIllinois and sold her as she
is informed and believes to our LemonLemon Parker
ParkerLemon Parker who brought your petitioner
to thisplace ( St. LouisSt Louis) where he holds
and restrains her as a slave well kn
owing her to be free; therefore your
petitioner prays that your honor may
permit her to sue as a poor person, to esta
blish her right to freedom, and that such
other and further orders may from time
to time be made in the premises as to your
honor may seem proper

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