Charles, a man of color v. Perter Verhagen
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State of MissouriMissouri County of St LouisCounty of St Louis.


Be it Remembered that heretofore to wit on the
eightteenth day May eighteen hundred and forty
was filed in the Office of the clerk of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court within and for said County a
petition which is in the words and figures
following to wit. To the Honorable Luke
Lawless- Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis county- In the State of MissouriMissouri
Petition The petition of negro CharlesCharles respectfully
represents that he is held in slavery by
PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen of the City of St LouisCity of St Louis in
the State of MissouriMissouri: your Petitioner
begs leave to State, that sometime in the
year of our Lord eighteen hundred and
thirty seven (he thinks in February or March
of that year, he was ordered directed
and sent into the State of IllinoisIllinois by a
certain JosephJoseph who at that time
claimed him, your Petitioner as his slave
& exercised the power of ownership over
him your Petitioner for the purpose of doing
work in and about the house then
fitting up for a ; that your Petitioner
did go into that State for the
purpose aforesaid and there remained
for the space of Ten or twelve days
during which time he (your Petitioner)
was engaged in white washing the House
in painting and plastering; that he (your
Petitioner afterwards returned into this
State & has remained as he was before