Mary Ann, alias Julia, an infant of color, by and through her next friend, James Loper v. Robert Duncan
View original image: Page  002
[missing figure]

To the Honorable & Judge of the Circuit court of the State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
Your petitionerMary AnnMary Ann an infant of colour
under twenty one years of age by JamesJames
her next friend represents that she is now held in slavery by RobertRobert Duncan DuncanRobert Duncan in the city of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louiswho claims your petitioner as his slave
your petitioner states that she was born free - your
petitioners mother was born in the State ofPennsylvania PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
and was in that State in that state indentured or bound to
serve until the age of twenty eight years -
according to the laws of that State to a Mr
Page Said Page sold the service of your petitioners
mother to one Jumer and said Jumer sold her
term of service to JohnJohn L Sutton L SuttonJohn L Sutton deceased
and your petitioner was born in St LouisSt Louis & from
her birth has been claimed as the slave of said
Sutton & said DuncanDuncan under under him Sam where
about the year AD1820 your petitioners mother was
herself & sold as a slave in the state of LouisianaLouisiana
and the said JohnJohn L Sutton L SuttonJohn L Sutton when he caused
your petitioners mother to be run off off & sold as
aforesaid will know that your petitioners
mother & your petitioner were both entitled
to their freedom your petitioner prays she may be permitted to
sue as
a poor person to establish her freedom