James Talbot v. Delford Benton
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In the Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court November Term 1838
Monday December 24 1838

James TalbotJames Talbot a man of color
vs
DelfordDelford Benton, James C. Music & PrudencePrudence Music

I acknowledge myself bound for all costs that may accrue in the above cause
Witness my hand and seal, at St. LouisSt Louis, this day of 184

The said James TalbotJames Talbot , by Mr BirdBird his at-
torney presents to the Court here his petition

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verified
as the law requires, praying for leave to sue as a poor
person, in order to establish his right to freedom, and
the said petition in the opinion of the Court containing
sufficient matter to authorize the commencement of a
suit, it is ordered that the said plaintiff be permitted
to sue as a poor person to establish his right