Milly, a woman of color, v. James Duncan
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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit Court
of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis the Petitions of MillyMilly
a woman of color respectfully represents

That she was born a slave in the state of
KentuckyKentucky and so, the property of Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan
of that state that she has became since the property
of James DuncanJames Duncan who in the month of
July in the year eighteen hundred and
thirty four took your petitioner to GalenaGalena
in the state of IllinoisIllinois where your petitioner
was held by the said James DuncanJames Duncan as a
slave for same three or four weeks and
was then removed by him to DubuqueDubuque
a place on the western side of the Mississipi
River North of the Northern
line of MissouriMissouri and within the mining
region called DubuqueDubuque mines where he
held your petitioner as a slave in the performance
of the ordinary labour of a slave
from sometime in August or September
1834 until the month of June 1835 when
in consequence of your petitioner having
commanced procedings to recover her
liberty she was removed by the said JamesJames Duncan
DuncanJames Duncan to the Town of LouisianaLouisiana in the state of MissouriMissouri
and subsequently she was brought
down the river LouisianaLouisiana and is now in the
city of St LouisSt Louis where the said James DuncanJames Duncan
claims her as a slave wherefore your
petitioner prays that your honor will grant
her leave to sue as a poor person to recover
her freedom and will make the necessary
orders to that and and your petitioner &c

Sworn to and signed before one at St LouisSt Louis this
Eight day of October eighteen hundred thirty fivePeterPeter FergusonFerguson Justice of the peace
County Saint LouisSt Louis State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

MillyMilly her mark