Squire Brown, a man of color v. William C. Anderson
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To the Honorable Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County


The petition of
BrownBrown a man of color respectfully represents

That he is deserving of
instituting a suit against-one WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson
in order to establish the right of your petitioner to
freedom that his Claim that is founded upon the
following grounds to wit. ThatHenryHenry BrownBrown who had
formerly owned your petitioner for some six or eight years
prior to the first of May last & during the time he so
owned your petitioner hired out your petitioner to
work in the County of St. Claire StateIllinois of IllinoisIllinois that under virtue of such hiring petitioner petitioner
did work in said StSt Claire County. ClaireSt Claire County CountySt Claire County State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois at
various times between the years 1839. & 1841. for several
months at a time: Your petitioner further represents
that somewhere about the first of May last, he
was purchased fromHenryHenry BrownBrown his siad former master by the said WilliamWilliam & that he
is now by the said held in slavery

Your petitioner therefore prays that
he may have leave to sue as a poor person in order
to establish his right to freedom.

Squire his


mark BrownBrown