James Talbot, a man of colour v. Delford Benton, James C. Music, and Prudence Music
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To the Honorable Luke E LawlessLuke E Lawless
Judge of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The Petition of JamesJames Talbat a man
of colour respectfully that about
twenty one years past he was the slave
of oneChuck _ that his said
Master Chuck then took him into the
now state of IllinoisIllinoiswhere said
Chuckbargainedfor a Farm & plow
your Petitioner upon it as a labourer &
kept your petitioner there at
between 11 & 12 months as his slave, this
your petitioner thinks was in the year
of our Lord eighteen hundred & seventeen
when IllinoisIllinois was a - after your
petitioner had been kept on the
of IllinoisIllinois as aforesaid said Chuck
took your Petitioner to MissouriMissouri
& sold him as a slave to DavidDavid
Musicdeceased- Said Music by his last
willbequethed your petitioner to his
Daughter Susan Maca the wife of DelfordDelford
BentonBenton - Your petitioner is now in
the PrudencePrudence the widow of
said DavidDavid Music in St Louis County where he has been
placed as a slave by JamesJames a Music, who
acts as the executor of the last will
of said DavidDavid Music Your Petitioner
is informed & that he is justly
and legally entitled to his freedom for the
causes above stated and he prays that
he may be permitted to sue as a poor
person to establish his freedom

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that counsel may be assigned to
him & such made in his
as his case requires & the law requires & he will pray so

JamesJames his mark Talbot