James Wilkinson v. Aaron Young
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To the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County in the State ofMissouri

Your Petitioner JamesJames Wilkinson WilkinsonJames Wilkinson a man of color represents
to said court that he is justly entitled to his Freedom
but is now held in Slavery by AaronAaron Young in the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis & is claimed by said Young as his Slave -
your Petitioner states that in the fall of the year 1827 at StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis said AaronAaron Young agreed with your Petitioner that
he might pass free as he pleased & laboras he pleased
& that when ever your Petitioner would pay said AaronAaron
Five hundred dollars he said AaronAaron would liberate your
Petitioner from Slavery - your Petitioner says that in the
fall of 1827 & winter of 1828 - he went into the State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois & hired himself to labor with one Osborn in said
State of IllinoisIllinois & Laboured with Said Osborn in IllinoisIllinois
about four months & your Petitioner says that he
went into the State of IllinoisIllinois & Laboured with said
Osborn as aforesaid with the permission & consent
of said AaronAaron Young - Your Petitioner Says that
afterward in the year 1828 - your Petitioner went to
GalinaGalena in the State of IllinoisIllinois in Company with Young
the brother of said AaronAaron & Staid & Laboured at
GalinaGalena in that year about four months & your
Petitioner says that he went to GalinaGalena aforesaid &
Staid & Laboured there as aforesaid with the assent
& permission of Said AaronAaron Young - Your Petitioner
further says that after the year 1827 he paid said
AaronAaron Yang Four Hundred Dollars & afterwards as a
consideration for Petitioners freedom & that he completed
the payment of this sum more than four years ago
yet Said AaronAaron Young held your petitioner in
slavery & refuses to emancipate him your Petitioner
Prays to be permitted to sue as a poor person to
Establish his freedom that counsel may be assigned
to him & that such further orders may be made
in his behalf as his case requires & this warrants
& he will
pray &

JamesJames his WilkinsonWilkinson