Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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To the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St LouisSt Louis

The petition of JosiahJosiah Cephas CephasJosiah Cephas a minor under the
age of twenty one years. respectfully represents,
That he is a coloured boy held in slavery by one
JamesJames Scott ScottJames Scott and MurryMcConnellMcConnell and has no guardian that can
appear for him in Court in an action he is about
to bring for his freedom - He therefore prays
that DianaDiana Cephas CephasDiana Cephas his mother may be
appointed his next friend for the purpose of
enabling him to institute an action for his
freedom as aforesaid

by RisqueMurdoch & King
his attys.