Nelson Kerr, a man of color v. Matthew Kerr
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I Luke Lawless Judge of the Third Judicial Court of the State of MissouriMissouri do hereby order
that the within named petitioner Nelson KerrNelson Kerr
be permitted to sue as a poor person to establish
his freedom and I do hereby assign GustavusGustavus A Bird AGustavus A Bird
BirdGustavus A Bird as his counsel to commence & prosecute his suit
for freedom and I do further order that
said petition have reasonable liberty of
attending his counsel & the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
when occasion may require and that said petitioner Shall not be taken or removed and out of
the jurisdiction nor be subjected to any severity of
treatment because of his application for
freedom

St louisSt LouisJuly 3rd 1834