Polly Wash, a woman of color v. Joseph M. Magehen
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To the Honorable Luke ELuke E Judge
of the Circuit Cout for County of MissouriMissouri are
the State of MissouriMissouri

The petition of Polly WashPolly Wash respectfully the following statement for the purpose
of attaining lease to the as a poor person in
the prosecution of a suit to her freedom
your petitioner that some time in the
year of 1820. on 21. She was residing in Wayne
County. KentuckyKentucky in the custody of the
slave of one JosephJoseph - that sometime
in the same the exact month not now
recollected, when she was fourteen years of age
she was removed by said her &
home as aforesaid to the state of IllinoisIllinois & resided under his charge & immediate control
at a place about four miles from the town
of Edwardsville in said state for several weeks
during which time out by her master
aforesaid to different persons to spin &
perform the usual & duties incumbent
upon a house servant at the State of two
dollars a week- That her said master regularly this amount of as the remuneration
for her services
afterwords your petitioner was taken up
the missouri river & detained for about
five years- That after different & trespass
she was at last treated in the family of
the Taylor Berry) and these remained twelve
or thirteen years. during which time after
the decade of said Berry one Judge WashWash
of this County who married the widow of said
Berry as agent in the out of year
petitioner- and about four years ago was hired by said WashWash , to one
of the , as

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and in that capacity of chamber
made several trips up the IllinoisIllinois as
for as , for wages at the rate of fifteen
dollars a month & or one time within
the jurisdiction of the State of IllinoisIllinois has
detained for atleast five weeks. That she has
hired by by said WashWash for the purpose
of running up of said of IllinoisIllinois
and judge WashWash the wages
the rate of fifteen dollars a month for the
as aforesaid -
Your petitioner that she is restrained of then liberty by one who holds her
by of a sale to him by a of this County, that she is poor & her so porperty of her own on the strength of which to
pay costs of suit in presenting her claim
to freedom- She therefore prays, in as
much as the above facts can he fully establiched. That she may be permitted
to sue as a poor person in order to obtain
her freedom- her in duty found
she will