Charles, a man of color v. Peter Verhager
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

NegroCharlesCharles
Petition for freedom

May 16th 1840 - Ordered: -
That negroCharlesCharles be allowed to
sue as a poor person to establish
his right to freedom : and that
TristenPolk & C. C. CarrollCarroll Esquire
be assigned him as Counsel: Also,
that said CharlesCharles have reasonable
liberty to attend his Counsel & this
court as occasion may require; &
that he be not removed out of the
jurisdiction of this court & that he
be not subject to any severity
on account of his application
for freedom

L E LawlessL E Lawless

Filed May 16 1840

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk