Catherine, Felix, William, and Minta, persons of color ve. Thomas Hundley, D. Pattison, and William Russell
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To the Hon.bel B. Mullanphy Judge of the StCircuit Court .
Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The Petition of CatherineCatherine Felix FelixCatherine Felix
son to said Catherine and Minta persons of colour represent to
your honor that they were once the property of
one Eli West as his slaves that on the 23. day April in the year Eighteen hundred & forty
your petitioners were severall emancipated
by the said Eli West as appears by their deeds
of emancipation herewith annexed & which
your petitioners Pray be taken as part of this their
petition that was since the said Deeds of
emancipation was executed your petitioners
have lived as free persons of colour until on
or about the 15th day of December A. D. 1842
when your petitioners were arrested on an
attachment issued from the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
the United StatesUnited Statesin favor of one Spencerto use of ThosThomas . by D. P. Pattison
against the said Eli West as the property of the
said West & that your petitioners are now
confined in the jail of St Louis County under
& by Virtue of said attachment - your petitioners
therefore pray your honor for leave to sue
as poor persons in order to establish
their right to freedom & that the and and your petitioner
as in duty bound will in pray & c.

Witness G. H. C. Mellody

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