James Talbot, a man of colour v. Delford Benton, James C. Music, and Prudence Music
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In the Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court November Term 1838
Monday December 24th 1838.

James TalbotJames Talbot -a man of colour
vs
DelfordDelford Benton JamesBenton James C. Music & PrudencePrudence Music

The said James TalbotJames Talbot by Wm Bird his attorney presents to the court
here his petition verifid as the law requires praying for leave to sue as a poor person in order to establish his right to freedom
and the said petition in the opinion of the court containing sufficient matter to authorize the commencement of a suit
it is ordered that the said plaintiff be permitted to sue as a poor person to establish his right to freedom the court doth assign him
GustavesAA Bird .BirdA Bird Esquire for his Counsel - And the court doth further order that said plaintiff have reasonable liberty to attend
his counsel & the court as occasion may require that he be not removed out of the jurisdiction of the court, and that he be not subject
to any severity on account of his application for freedom."

A true copy of the order of court
Attest

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk