Charles, a man of color, vs. Belina Christy
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis ss

Be it rembered that heretofore
that a term of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the county of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis begun and held at the city of St LouisSt Louis in the
country of St LouisSt Louis on the third monday of November 1840 to writ on the 25th day of February 1841 the following
proceedings were had in a certain case of CharlesCharles a man
Petition
filed in
court
of color vs Belina ChristyBelina Christy to writ. CharlesCharles a man of color
vs Belina ChristyBelina Christy , suit for freedom Now at this day comes the said plantiff and files his petition verified
according to law, and praying to be allowed to sue
in forma pauperis, which being seen and heard, and
by the court here fully understand it is ordered that
said plaintiff be allowed to sue as a poor person to
establish his right to freedom and that Messrs Risque
Murdock & King be assigned him as counsel, and it is
further ordered that said plaintiff have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel and the court asoccasion
may require and that he be not removed out of the
jurisdiction of this court and further that he be not
subjected to any severity on account of his application
for freedom, which petition is in the words and figures
petition
following to writ. To the Hon the circuit court of the country of St LouisSt Louis. CharlesCharles a man of color respectfully
represents that he was born at the village of Cahokia
St. Claire country in the State of IllinoisIllinois in the family of
JosephJoseph Trake Esq,, whose servant the mother of your peti
tioner was, that your petitioner is now about the age
of twenty three years old, that when about the age of
eleven years, your petitioner was levied on by the
Sheriff of St Claire county in said state of IllinoisIllinois
on an execution against said Frakie, and sold by
virtue thereof to oneAlfredAlfred Cowles with whom your

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petitioner continued to reside untill about four years ago
when the said Cowles sold your said petitioner to Ebenezer
Pickering, who about three years ago sold him to SamuelSamuel
ChristyChristy , who has since deceased, that Belina the widow
of said ChristyChristy , now pretends to claim, your petitioner as
her property, and restrained him of his just rights, liberty
& freedom, which he is informed and believes under these
facts he has a legal right to he therefore prays this honorable
court to grant him leave to sue as a poor person
in order to establish his right to freedom, in an action
of false imprisonment against the said Belina ChristyBelina Christy
affidavit
to petition
& he will pray toCharlesCharles x his mark. State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri St Louis County ss CharlesCharles a man of color
being duly sworn says that the facts set fourth in the
annexed petition are just & true, to the best of his
knowledge & belief. CharlesCharles his x mark sworn to & subscribed
the 24 Feby. 1841 before Geo A HydeGeo A Hyde J. P. And the
orders made by the Court are in the words and figures
Orders of
Court
following to writ. The Court being of opinion that the
foregoing petition of CharlesCharles , a man of color contains
sufficient matter to authorize the commencement of a
suit, makes the following orders. First that CharlesCharles a
man of color, be allowed to sue as a poor person to establish
his right to freedom, and assigns Mssrs. Risque
Murdoch & King as his counsel. Second that the said
CharlesCharles have reasonable liberty to attend his counsel
and the court, as occasion may require, that he be
not removed out of the jurisdiction of the Court
and that he be not subject to any severity on account
of his application for freedom BryanBryan Mullanphy MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge
of the 8th Judicial circuit of MissouriMissouri. And at the
same time was filed a declaration which is in the
declara
words and figures following to writ. In Circuit CourtCircuit Court