Charles Endicott vs. Benjamin Class
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To the Honorable Luke E LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge
of the Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court for
the State of MissouriMissouri.

The Petitioner of CharlesCharles Endicott
EndicottCharles Endicott a mulatto Boy aged about eighteen
years respectfully unto your
Honor that he is & Justly
entitled to his liberty although he is held
& claimed as a slave by BenjaminBenjamin Clapp
ClappBenjamin Clapp at St LouisSt Louis in the town of
St LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri- your
Petitioner, has lived many years in
in the State of New

YorkYork when his father & mother &
himself were as free
persons & he prays he may
be permitted to sue as a poor person
G A BirdG A Bird for &
in behalf of the Petitioner

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Nelson & Perry on their
oath say that that this this
Petitioner at in the State
of New YorkYork and his parents for about three or four years
years where the petitioner & his parents acted
& were generally to be free persons
and these affiants are fully persuaded that
said petitioner is entitled to his freedom
They saw the Petitioner in St LouisSt Louislast
week & readily accompanied him as the same
person they knew in the State of New york
They have understood that he was
born free man in
CanadaCanada The Petitioner tells
the following circumstances which they