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

Ss.

I Luke E.Lawless Judge of the third Judicial
Circuit of the State of missouri do herebycertify order that the within named
petitioner Ben be allowed to sue as a poor person to establish his freedom
and assign to him GustavusGustavus A Bird A BirdGustavus A Bird as his Counsel to commence & presecute
his suit. and I do furthr order that said Ben have reasonable liberty to attend
his counsel & the court as occasion may require and that he be not removed
out of the Jurisdiction of the court and that he be not subject to any

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severiy because of his application for freedom
18th Jan 1836

L.

Judge 3rd JudCir