Samuel, a man of color vs. John Howdershell
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Know all men by these presents that
we WalterWalter CarrCarr . as principal and HenryHenry . J.
Childs as surety are held and firmly bound unto
The State of MissouriMissouri in the just and full sum of
Six Hundred and Fifty Dollars, lawful money
of the United StatesUnited States, to the payment whereof
well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves
our heirs executors and administrators, jointly
and severally firmly by these presents, sealed
with our seals and dated this Thirtieth day of November in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight Hundred and forty three.

The Condition of the above obligation, is such
that whereas, on the twentieth day of November A D 1843. a suit was instituted in the St LouisSt Louis Circuit
court for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, Mo in favor of SamuelSamuel
(a man of color) against JohnJohn Howdershell [ John HowdershellHowdeshell ] for
Freedom and on the twenty third day of November 1843 and order was made by the judge of said
St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court , ordering and directing
the Sheriff of St LouisSt Louis county to hire the said
SamuelSamuel to the best advantage during the pendency of said suit, and, whereas the said
Sheriff has hired the said SamuelSamuel to the said
WalterWalter CarrCarr during the pendency of said suit
at the price and sum of Twenty five cents per
month; Now therefore if the said WalterWalter CarrCarr
shall during the pendency of said suit permit
the said SamuelSamuel to have reasonable liberty to
attend his counsel and the court that the
said SamuelSamuel shall not be removed out
of the Jurisdiction of the said St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court and that he shall not be subjected to
to any severity on account of his application
for freedom, and further conditioned that