Samuel Slaughter
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To the Hon Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge of the StCircuit Court .
Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of SamuelSamuel Slaghter shows
that he is unlawfully imprisoned and restrained of
his liberty in the Jail of St Louis County in the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis by JohnJohn Hempstead HempsteadJohn Hempstead of the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis, keeper of said Jail, that he
was imprisoned on the 4th day of November 1854 under a committment of Liberty WaiteWaite
Esq. Justice of the Peace in the said City ofCity of St Louis
St. LouisCity of St Louis, on the suspicion that he was a
runaway slave, & further your petitioner
states that he is free born and entitled to his
freedom. That he was imprisoned without
just cause or reason that he is prepared to
show that he is entitled to his freedom, &
prays the Court that he may be discharged.
A copy of suit Commitment is hereto an

SamuelSamuel Slaghter
for A.S.James