Marcelline, Adolphe, and Maria, infants v. Marie P. Ladue
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To the Honble WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court for the Third Judicial Circuit of the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri

The petition of AdolpheAdolphe , marcelline
and MariaMaria Minor under the age of 21 years G
Charles D. St their next friend respectifully show
the that they are the children of LouisaLouisa vincent a women
of color that they were born at St LouisSt Louis in this State, that
at the time of their birth, thier said mother was a
slave, the property of the widow & of
Vincent, Bouis . That in the year 1829
Your petitioners were sold at public sale by order
of the County CourtCircuit Court of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis &
purchased, by one Joshna Pahlen, who took
them to his residence in the State of IllinoisIllinois
where they remained in his service from one
year to fifteen months, that said PahlenPahlen died
about three or four months , that recently
your petitioners returned to this State and since
their return have been claimed and held as
slaves by marie P. Leone Esp the administrator
of said PahlenPahlen a authority over them as a part
of the property belonging to the estate of said PahlenPahlen
and your petitioners pray that they may be permitted to bring suit, by their next friend Charles D
strain, under the laws of this State as poor persons
against said league for their freedom and
your petitioners will ever pray.

G Charles D. S
their next friend