Josephine LaCourse v. Edward P. Mitchell
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To the Honal the Judge of the Third Judicial
Circuit for the state of MissouriMissouri

Your petitioner JosephineJosephine
an infant of color under the age of 21
years by JuliaJulia La LaJulia La Course her mother and next
friend respectfully presents that she was born in
the state of IllinoisIllinois as she has been informed in
or about the year 1826 at the house of one
Baptiste La Course at the French Village in
the County of St ClairCounty of St Clair in the state of IllinoisIllinois
that said La Cause claimed petitioner as a slave
that as such be sold her to one CharlesCharles Bond
who also lived in the state of IllinoisIllinois that said
Bono afterwards sold and disposed of her as a
slave for life to M. Edward H. Mitchel who
brought her from the state of IllinoisIllinois to the CityCity of St Louis
of St LouisCity of St Louis in this state where she now lives
in his family and is used and held to color
and involuntaryservice by said MitchelMitchell and
ownership claimed by him over as his slave
whereas your petitioner claims to be a free person
and prays that your Honor will order
and permit that he may bring suit as a
four person to establish her right to feedom

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