William Stubs, a man of color v. William Bard
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To the HonLukeLuke E Lawless EdwardLuke E Lawless LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the
eighth Judicial Circuit CourtCircuit Court within & for the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis & State of MissouriMissouri

The petition of William StubsWilliam Stubs and
LewisStubbs would respectfully represent to
your Hon that they are about to be removed
out of the Jurisdiction of this Court, Your
petitioners would further state that since their
suits for freedom has been instituted that
they have been removed out of the jurisdiction
of this Court and they verily believe that they
will be again removed beyond the jurisdiction
of your Hon Court unless Your Hon
will interfere and lend the aid of Your Hon
for their Your petitioners therefore
pray that they may be brought before
your Hon and hired out as directed
by the laws of the state and as in
duty bound they will ever, pray

WilliamWilliam his mark Stubs
Lewis his mark Stubs

Sworn to & subscribed in open
court 27th July 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk