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


I Luke ELuke E Lawless LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of
the Third Judicial Terminal of the State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri do hereby order that the within
named petitioner Ben be allowed to sue
as a poor person to establish his freedom
and assign to him as his
counsel to commanded & prosecute his Said

and I do further order that said Ben have
reasonable liberty ato attend his counsel &
the Court as occasion may require; and that
he be not removed out of the Juridiction
of the Court, and that he the not subject
to any security because of his application
for freedom.

L.EL E Lawless .LawlessL E Lawless

3rd 18th Jan. 1836