Richard Thompson, a man of colour v. James E. Blount and Leakin Baker
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Richard TompsonRichard Tompson (a man
of colour) humbly and respectfully stating
to the Honorable Luke E LawlessLuke E Lawless sole Judge
of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the county
and State aforesaid, that by the permission
of your honor he has instituted a suit
in said Circuit CourtCircuit Court returnable to the
March Term Eighteen hundred and for-
ty one to establish his right to freedom
against one James E BlountJames E Blount and
Leakin BakerLeakin Baker and that the summons in
said cause has been executed on one
of said defendants To wit said Baker by
the Sheriffs of said County and that Said
Blount the other defendant has not been
found as he is informed and verily believes
-that he verily belives he will be run
beyond the jurisdiction of your honorable
Circuit CourtCircuit Court and be otherwise mal-
treated by said defendants and others in
consequence of bringing said suit afore-
said unless prevented by the timely inter-
position of your honor- before said suit in in said court to the end that
he may be protected and saved harmless
in the apertion of his rights secured to him
by law he humbly petitions your honor
to grant him a warrant as the law in
such case made and provided contem-
plates- that he may be brought before
your honor or to be further dealt with as
> may be deemed right and necessa-

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ry as the law in such case provides and
contemplates - And grant to your petitioner
all such relief as his case merits in the
premises and as in duty bound he will
ever pray &c.

Richard TompsonRichard Tompson
by John BJohn B KingKing his
atty.