James Henry v. William Walker
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JamesJames HenryHenry
vs
William WalkerWilliam Walker

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Be it remembered that on the
trial of this cause Elias T. LanghamElias T Langham was called as
a witness on the behalf of the plaintiff who testified
that in the fall of the year 1830 he the wit-
ness then residing at or near the month of the StSt Peters.
PetersSt Peters came to St. LouisSt Louis and that one T. B. W.
Stockton then sent by witness to Major Brant of
St. LouisSt Louis to purchase a slave that one RachelRachel
the mother of the plaintiff was purchased for said
StocktonStockton & was by the witness taken up to him
to Fort SnellingFort Snelling &c. (copying the Bill of exceptions
in case of RachelRachel vsWalkerWalker throughout the statement
of the testimony). then proved as follows)

and it was further proved that the plaintiff
JamesJames HenryHenry is the same child, that was
born of said RachelRachel at PrairiePrairieduChienChien , while
She was held as a slave by said StocktonStockton , as
Stated in said Stockton's letter.

No other testimony was given on either side
The plaintiff then by his counsel asked the court
to decide the law governing the case to be
that if said plaintiff the court should be of
opinion from the evidence, that the plain-
tiff was born of said RachelRachel at Praise du-
ChienChien , while She was held there as a slave
by said StocktonStockton , that then he is entitled to
his freedom: which decision & opinion the court
refused to give: but decided that the said JamesJames
HenryHenry was not freed thereby: to which opinion

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of the court declaring the law governing the
case, the plaintiff by his counsel excepted

and afterwards within the time allowed by
law the plaintiff moved the court to set aside
the finding of the court in this case &
grant a new trial for the reason in
writing filed that the said finding was against law &
against evidence, which motion was by the
court overruled, to which opinion of the
court overruling said motion the plaintiff
by his counsel excepted & prays the court
to sign & seal this his bill of exceptions
which is done accordingly

L E LawlessL E Lawless

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