Nelson Kerr, a man of color v. Matthew Kerr
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To the Honorable Luke ELuke E Lawlesss Judge of the
Third Judicial Circuit of the state of MissouriMissouri

Your Petitioner Nelson KerrNelson Kerr a free man of
color represents to your Honor that he is justly
entitled to his freedom but that he is now
held & detained
in Slavery by Matthew KerrMatthew Kerr
in the CountyCounty of St Louis ofCounty of St Louis St. LouisCounty of St Louis and State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
and is claimed by said Matthew as his
slave. Your petitioner states that during
the months of September, October, November, &
December in the year 1833& in January & February
1834 while your petitioner was claimed by said
Matthew as his slave your petitioner was
hired to labor to Labor the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois
by said Matthew with one Mr AdamsAdams
& that said Matthew has settled with
from said Mr. AdamsAdams the pay for
the of your petition rendered in
the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois as aforsaid
your petitioner therefore prays that he
may be permitted to sue as a poor
person to Establish his freedom, that
counsel may be assigned to him &
such further & other order may be
made in the premises as his &
the Law warrants

NelsonNelson his mark