Louis Chouteau v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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To the Honorable the Judge of of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court within
and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of Louis a man of Color Respectfully
Sheweth, that he is by birthentitled to his freedom by being born
of a [ Negresse ], named RoseRose who was [ borne ] in MontrealMontreal in
CanadaCanada- That in the Year seventeen hundred and ninety one
or there abouts the said RoseRose was removedfrom CanadaCanada by a
certain John Strike, an Indian Trader, to his trading post at
PrairiePrairie in the Northwestern Territory of the UnitedUnited States
StatesUnited States west of the river OhioOhioand was there detained by the
the said JohnStrike, as his slave, until the death of said
Strike, which took place about the year 1793 or 94 - that
he is informed that after the death of the said Strike
aforesaid, she was broughtdown to St LouisSt Louis by a certain
AndrewAndrew ToddTodd a traderwho sold her to a certain D Didier
the Curate of the parish, contrary to the provision of an
Ordinance of the Congress of the UnitedUnited States StatesUnited States, entitled an
Ordinance for the Government of the Territory North West of
the River OhioOhiopassed July 13th 1787, that she remained
saidDidierDidier as his slave and was afterward sold by him
as his slave, as to one AugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau who is
dead,

Your petitioner further States that after the death of
said ChouteauChouteau , at a of the per Estate of said
ChouteauChouteau , he was bid for and to one
ChouteauChouteau in whose possession he nowremains held by
him as a slavecontrary to the provisions of the ordinance
afore stated Wherefore he prays that he may be permitted
to sue as a poorperson for the obtaining of his freedom, and
that Your Honorwillmake an order that he have reasonable
liberty to attend his Counsel and the Court, and that he shall
not be subjected to any severity on account of his
forfreedom, nor be removed out of the jurisdiction of the court

Louis his
mark
qua testes,
F. Kritschman

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this sixth day of May, a. d. 1843.

Fr. Kretschmar, Justice of the peace, St. Louis County, Mo.