Ben, a man of color v. Thomas I. White and William D. Woods
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State of MissouriMissouri,

Circuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial Circuit.

To the Honorable Luke ELuke E Lawless .LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of
said Court.

Your Petitioner Ben represents that
he is now held in slavery in St. LouisSt Louis by
ThomasThomas I WhiteWhite for the who
claims your petitioner us his slave. Your
petitioner States that in the fall & winter of
eighteen hundred & thirty threesaid said
L there claiming your -
Petitioner as his slave caused your Petitioner
to be hired to Labor at Scuagirts baal
Banks in the State of IllinoisIllinois where he was
kept at Labor with the knowledge and consent
of said far the space of sworn
by Reason where of your petitioner
says he is entitled to his freedom your-.
Petitioner therefore prays that he may be
permitted to sue as a poor person to establish
his freedom that counsel may be assigned
to him & that such may be made
for his personal Security as the Law warrants
& he will pray

Ben his


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