Nelson Kerr, a man of color v. Matthew Kerr
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I LukeLuke E Lawless ELuke E Lawless LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the third Judicial Circuit of the state of MissouriMissouri do hereby
order that the written named petitioner Nelson KerrNelson Kerr be permitted to sue as a poor person to
establish his freedom and I do hereby assign Gustavus A BirdGustavus A Bird as his coundel to
commence & prosecute his suit for freedom and I do further order that said petitioner
have reasonable liberty of attending his counsel & the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court when occassion
may require and that said petitioner shall not be taken or removed out of the jurisdiction
of the court not be subject to any severity of treatment because of his application for
Freedom

LE LawlessLawless


St. LouisSt LouisJuly 3rd 1834


The above is a true copy of the order made by the Judge permitting the plaintiff to sue

ArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clerk