Charles, a man of color v. Perter Verhagen
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in the servitude and as the slave of the
said JosephJoseph , them a
few days past, when the said JosephJoseph
having left this city, he your petitioner
has been in the Servitude and acting as the
slave of the said PeterPeter VerhagenVerhagen
Your petitioner believes that the laws of the
land do therfore entitle him to freedom. To those
laws he here makes his appeal, and prays
that your Honor will grant him leave
to sue as a poor person, in order to establish
his right to freedom; and that Tristen
Polk and C. C. CarrollCarroll Esqrs may be assigned
as his counsel; and that he may have
reasonable liberty to attend his counsel
& thus Honorable Court, as occassion may
require; that he be not removed out of
the Jurisdiction of this Court & that he be
not subject to any severity on account
of his application for freedom, may it
please your Honor to grant him orders
to that effect- And as in duty
he will ever pray & - Negro CharlesCharles -
May 16th 1840.orderd â Upon which said petition
is endorsed the following order- order
May 16th 1840 ordered: That negro CharlesCharles
be allowed to sue as a poor person to establish
his right to freedom: & that Trusten Polk
& C.C.CarrollCarroll be assigned him as counsel
also, that said CharlesCharles have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel & this
court as occassion may require; & that he be
not removed out of the Jurisdiction of this
court & that he be not subject to any severity on
account of his application for freedom L. E. LawlessL E Lawless