Louis Scott, a man of colour v. William Burd
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St. LouisSt LouisDecember 8th 1840

To the Honorable Luke E. LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge
of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Your Orator Louis ScottLouis Scott humbly
complaining respectfully showeth unto your honor
that he is a man of colour free from the following
facts to wit that about two years since
he was sent by his master WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd to
work in the state of IllinoisIllinois for which work
your Orator verily believes his said master received
payment, that he remained as a slave from
Monday morning up to Saturday evening in the
said State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois under the control and by
the orders of his said master contrary to the laws
of state of IllinoisIllinois for such cases made and provided,
and that he is ever since said time and now is kept
as a slave by the said WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd your
Orator therefore prays that he be permitted to
sue in your Honorable Court for his freedom
as a poor person your Orator will as is duty
bound forever pray

Louis his

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mark ScottScott

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 9th day of December 1840
Louis LabeaumeLabeaume Justice of
the peace Saint LouisSt Louis County

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