Rebecca, a colored girl, by and through her next friend, Harris v. Louis Mattock and James Black
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To the Honourable Luke ELuke E Lawless & LawlessLuke E Lawless page of
the circuit court for the county of St.LouisSt Louis in the State
of missouri

The petition if a coloured
respectfully show. He is about to institute a for person
I in conformity with the Law relative then to
would show that he was originally the slave of the judge
William JamesWilliam James & MissouriMissouri that upon the marriage
of his daughter EmilyEmily with one JamesJames Black she was given into the change of & by him summoned
in the state of IllinoisIllinois - that she was so removed
when about six to seven years of - that upon
the death of Black she was hired to oneWilliamWilliam
of also in the state of IllinoisIllinois the
afterwards after the short stay of one year with her
former master said at
of was taken by a MariaMaria filia also a daughter
of said JamesJames to in the state of IllinoisIllinois
where she from the fall of 1836 to the spring
of 1837, formerly in the usual of
a household amount that she wa there brought
by a me GeorgeGeorge Wolf to the city of St. LouisSt Louis
put at different place, but since last January has
been in the home a employ of St.
Louis County who now holds her in slavery & claim her services - that the saidJamesJames Black claim her his slave & property and resides in as mentioned

Your petitioner would state that she is
a poor person unable to proscute her
permitted to do as a poor person -

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