Charles, a man of color v. Belina Christy and Melanie Christy
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To the Hon. the Circuit Court of the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis.

CharlesCharles a man of color respectfully
represents that at the present
term Novr Term 1841 of the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , your petitioner by leave of this honorable
Court brought a suit in False imprisonment against
BelinaBelina Christy ChristyBelina Christy for the purpose of establishing his
right to freedom_ that the writ issued in said
Cause, was duly served on the said defendant
by the Sheriffsof said County some time during the
lastweek - that after the said service of
the said writ with the ordersthereonendorsed
as provided by the secondsection of the act
entitled ``An act to enable persons held in
slavery to sue for their freedom'' upon the said
defendant, the said petitioner was forcibly
seized in the publicstreets of the City ofCity of St Louis
St LouisCity of St Louis on Sunday the 28th day of March 1841 by one John HJohn H . Deck and one PeterPeter
a watchman of St LouisSt Louis, who pretending to act
under the authority of the defendant BelinaBelina Christy
ChristyBelina Christy , and carried the said petitioner
across the river MississippiMississippi into the state
of IllinoisIllinois and out of the jurisdiction
of this Court, and was taken to the jail
of StSt Clair County ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County, IllinoisIllinois for imprisonment
but the jailorof said County refused to take
Charge of your petitioner on the ground that there
was no offensealledged against your :
Your petitioner states that during last night he
escaped from the custody of those who confined
him at Belleville and has returned to the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis in MissouriMissouri, and now claims the

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protection of this honorable Court, and
that he may be brought up under a warrant
before this honble Court, and that defendant
be compelled to enter into recognizance
as the said law provides. your petitioner
states that he believes that he will be again taken
out of the jurisdiction of
this Court unless the said
warrant issues

CharlesCharles a man of Color

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