Samuel, a man of color vs. John Howdershell
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The petition of SamuelSamuel otherwise called
Sam (a man of Color) to the Honorable SaintCircuit Court
Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Your petitioner respectfully represents
to this honorable Court that he is now held
in Slavery by JohnJohn Howdershell [ John HowdershellHowdeshell ] of the said
county of St LouisSt Louis and your petitioner further
represents that about eight or ten years ago (your petitioner does not remember the
exact time) he was carried from the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri into the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois by an
AndrewAndrew [ Herriman ] to whom your petitioner
then belonged and under whom the aforesaid
JohnJohn Howdershell [ John HowdershellHowdeshell ] claims and was there
held in slavery for the space of about eight
or nine months to and in violation
of the act of CongressCongress entitled "An Ordinance
for the government of the territory of the UnitedUnited States
StatesUnited States North West of the river OhioOhio"
passed July 13. 1987. and of the Constitution
of the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois your petitioner
was from of let against his will to the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri by the said AndrewAndrew [ Herriman ]
and was there by him held in slavery for
about two years and half and then your petitioner
was again carried into the State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois by the said [ Herriman ] and there by
him held in slavery again contrary to the
provisions of the said act of CongressCongress and
of the constitution of the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois for
about ten months and then carried back
again into the State of MissouriMissouri by the said
[ Herriman ] where he has been held in

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Slavery ever since and has since that time
come into the possession of the said JohnJohn Howdershell
[ John HowdershellHowdeshell ]

And your Petitioner represents
that by reason of the transactions above
represented your petitioner has become
and is now entitled to his freedom and
is a free man and your petitioner respectfully
prays this Honorable court to
grant him permission to sue as a poor
person in order to establish his right
to freedom and to assign him counsel
for his assistance in that behalf.
And your petitioner will ever pray &

Sam, orSamuelSamuel his mark