Mary Robertson v. Ringrose Watson
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis


To the Honorable Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy
Judge of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
In vacation, Sept. 6th 1841.

HumblyHumbly complaining showeth unto Your Honor
your petitioner MaryMary Robertson RobertsonMary Robertson of the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis & State of MissouriMissouri, that she is at the
present time held in slavery in the County aforesaid
by Ringrose DRingrose D Watson . WatsonRingrose D Watson , that she has fresh grounds
on which she claims her right to freedom viz, that
on or about the seventh day of March AD 1841
she was taken by her (then) master & owner AmosAmos L Carson LAmos L Carson .
CarsonAmos L Carson from the County & State aforesaid to the
State of IllinoisIllinois, that she was there retained
in Slavery by her last mentioned owner, contrary
to her own, but according to his request
that she was in the Town of Alton & State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois, retained by the last mentioned owner for several
months, to wit from the time aforesaid until on or about the 24th day of July AD, 1841 & kept
at labor in every respect as a slave by the said
CarsonCarson during the said time, & Contrary to the Laws
of said State by which she obtained her right
to freedom, that on or about the said 24th day of July she was sent back to the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
& State of MissouriMissouri & held in slavery by the said WatsonWatson ,
from whom she was claims her right to freedom
Now therefore your petitioner prays that your
Honor will grant unto your petitioner, leave
to sue as a poor person in order to establish
her right to freedom & your petitioner will ever
pray & c & c.

HenryHenry L. Cobb

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