Rachel v. William Walker
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To the Judge of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court.

The petition of RachelRachel , a mulatto woman
aged about twenty years of age represents that about five
years ago she was claimed and possessed as a Slave by
one StocktonStockton , who then took your petitioner
to the territory of MichiganMichigan , where he resided at PrairiePrairie
du ChienChien on the east side of the Mississippi RiverMississippi River
for about two years, holding your petitioner as
a slave during that time at that place & causing
her to work for & serve himself & family at that place
during that time as a slave at which place her child JamesJames HenryHenry was born,she being held by said StocktonStockton : That afterwards he
brought your petitioner to St. LouisSt Louis where he sold
her & said child to one Joseph Klunk, who has recently
sold her & the child to one William WalkerWilliam Walker , who is
a dealer in Slaves & is about to take your
petitioner & the child down the Mississippi RiverMississippi River probably
to New OrleansOrleans for sale; that said WalkerWalker now
holds your petitioner & child in Slavery, claiming her as
his slave, and your petitioner prays that your
petitioner & said child may be allowed to sue as a poor per-
son in the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court for freedom
& that the said WalkerWalker may be restrained from
carrying her or said child out of the Jurisdiction of the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court till the termination of said
Suit.

November 4th, 1834

RachelRachel her Mark
for herself & Child
James HenryHenry