Andrew, a boy of color, by and through his next friend, Judy v. John B. Sarpy
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To the Honorable Luke E.Lawless Judge of the Third
Judicial Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the state of MissouriMissouri

The petition of AndrewAndrew a boy of color by JudyJudy his
mother and next friend respectfully represent that
he is about sixteen years of age and the grand son of JudyJudy
and son of CelesteCeleste who was born in the state of VirginiaVirginia about the year
1786 and when about 10 or 11 years old was brought to
LouisvilleLouisville KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain WilliamWilliam
SullivanSullivan who kept her for a short time as a
slave and then her to a certain RobertRobert Bunton
BuntonRobert Bunton a resident of the town of VincennesVincennes in
the north-western Territory. That the said BuntonBunton
took your petitioner's mother to the town of VincennesVincennes
in the Territory aforesaid about the year 1798 in
which place she was owned and continued to be
held as a slave by the said BuntonBunton for the
space of two years or upwords. That after your
petitioner's mother had been held and treated as a
slave in the town of VincennesVincennes and territory aforesaid
for the length of time set forth above she
was sent to KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the said Territory
and some short time afterwards sold to a
certain WilliamWilliam LecompteLecompte of the town of
Saint LouisSt Louis in the province of upper LouisianaLouisiana
where she has remained in slavery ever since

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Your petitioner further represents that she is now
illegally held in slavery by a certain John BJohn B Sarpy .
SarpyJohn B Sarpy of Saint LouisSt Louis contrary to the provisions
of an ordinancepassed by the Congress of the
United StatesUnited States on 13th day of July 1787. Your petitioner
therefore prays that he may be permitted
to sue as a poor person in and an to establish
his right to freedom, that counsel be
assigned him for that purpose and finally
that your Honor may grant the usual orders
in such cases and as in only bound will
everpray &C-

AndrewAndrew by JudyJudy
his mother & next friend her
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