William Stubs, a man of color v. William Bard
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To the Honorable LukeLuke E Lawless ELuke E Lawless LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge
of the CircuitCourt of the county of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis

William StubsWilliam Stubs a man of color represents
that he was born of free parents in the
county of CampbellCampbell in the state of VirginiaVirginia
and that by the laws of VirginiaVirginia his mother
being free it his birth he was bornfree and
is now entitled to his freedom and he futher
states that being bornfreeand entitled to his
freedomsuesWilliamWilliam who then resided
in the said county of CampbellCampbell
to emigrate to the state of MissouriMissouri
your petitioner to accompany the said
WilliamWilliam Bard to the city of St LouisSt Louis That about
four years since with the said
Bard in the city of St LouisSt Louis & that the said
Bard for that to this has resided in the
city of St LouisSt Louis and and held your
petitioner in slavery your petitioner therefore

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prays that your honor will grant him
tosue as a poor person in order to establish
his right to freedom and that your honor
shall order as the state a such
to his during the of
said suit

WilliamWilliam his mark Stubs