Andrew, by and through his next friend, Celeste v. Peter Sarpy
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To the Honorable Luke E. LawlessLuke E Lawless judge of the cir-
cuit court of St LouisSt Louis county : the petition of AndrewAndrew
by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend respectfully
represents. That in the month of october 1799 on
certain. Robert BuntonRobert Bunton (then and for many years
subsequent a resident of VincennesVincennes in the north
western terretory) purchased of a certain WilliamWilliam
Jullian in the town of LouisvilleLouisville and state of
KentuckyKentucky. JudyJudy the grand mother of your petition-
er as a slave for life and immediately thereaf-
ter brought the said JudyJudy to VincennesVincennes aforesaid
the place of his residence where she was kept
and used as a slave by the said BuntonBunton and
family untill th about the month of april 1800, at which time she was delivered to a
certain TouisantDuboisDubois who brought her to
KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the territory aforesaid, when she
was deliverd to a certain Peter MenardPeter Menard who
brought her to St LouisSt Louis in the territory of upper
LouisianaLouisiana and sold her in the month of aug-ust 1800 to a certain Wm. H. Lecompte.

Your petitioner further represents that the
said JudyJudy remained in slavery until a short
time since, when she and several of her children
with the said CelesteCeleste werepronounced to be
free by the verdict & judgment of the

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circuit court of St. Louis & St Charles county. Your petitioner
further represents that he is now held in
slavery by a certain PeterPeter SarpySarpy contrary
to law, he therefore prays that he may be
permitted to bring suit as a poor person
by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend
for the recovery of his freedom against
the said PeterPeter SarpySarpy . Your petitioner
further represents that he is appre-
hensive that the said SarpySarpy may send
or take your petitioner beyond the bounds
of this State, he your petitioner therefore
prays that the said SarpySarpy . be com-
pelled to bond and security. to
have your petitioner forthcoming to
answer and abide by the judgment
of the court in the premises and may
it please your honor to make the
usual orders in such casesmade &
as in duty bound will everpray
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AndrewAndrew by
CelesteCeleste his mother
& nextfriend
her mark