Rebecca, a negro woman v. James Black, Thomas Horine, and George Mellody
View original image: Page  001
[missing figure]

To the Hon. the Judge of the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court .

The petition of RebeccaRebecca , a negro woman
aged about twenty two respectfully showeth to your
honor that she was born a slave in the state of
MissouriMissouri and hired in the family of her master one
Judge William JamesWilliam James , until the marriage of EmilyEmily
the daughter of said JamesJames to one JamesJames Black, who
with his wife said EmilyEmily went to VandaliaVandalia in the
State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois to reside and then took your
petitioner with them, and there kept and held your
petitioner as a slave to labor for several years
that after the death of said EmilyEmily wife of said
Black, your petitioner was hired out to one
WilliamWilliam Douglass and lived with him at Kaskas-
kia also in the said state of IllinoisIllinois, with whom
she resided for some time and performed labor and
service as a slave under the said hiring that after
wards she returned to the residence of the said Judge
William JamesWilliam James at StSt Genevieve GenevieveSt Genevieve in the State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri, with whose family she remained about
a year, and was then taken from StSt Genevieve GenevieveSt Genevieve in the
said state of MissouriMissouri by Mrs Masia Field also
a daugther of said Judge William JamesWilliam James , to the
town of Quincy in the State of IllinoisIllinois and then held
to labor and service from the fall of eighteen hundred
and thirty six until the spring of eighteen hundred
and thirty seven, when she was bought by one GeorgeGeorge
Wolf to the city of St LouisSt Louis within the jurisdiction
of said court, and there hired out as the slave of said
Black to one Lewis Matlock. Petitioner for this states
that to the July term eighteen hundred and thirty eight
of said court, by of the Hon. judge thereof she institu-

View original image: Page  002
[missing figure]
a suit in own to establish his right to freedom against
said JamesJames Black and said Mallock, and one
HarrisHarris L LHarris L . to attend to the same as her attorney
and to whom she paid at sundry times sums of money
amounting in all to about fifty Dollars or more, as a
for in said cause for his services : that within a four
days she has ascertained that the said utterly
neglected her in said , and that at the
Last July term of said court, on the calling of said
cause for trial, it was dismissed and a nonsuit
entered, because the said was not in attendance
as this affiant belives of upon said court to pros-
ecute the same for this petitioner - and that said non-
suit was owing wholly to the gross neglect of said attorney
and not in any manner to this petitioner she further
states that had she known that the said cause was for
trial at the last July term of said court, she could and
would have been ready for trial as there then was and
now is evidence to be had in the city of St LouisSt Louis of the
as of petitions in the State of IllinoisIllinois as alledged in her petition she further states
that she was arrested to day by one Thomas M.
Horime, a brother in law of said JamesJames Black, as the
slave of said Black, who still continues to reside in
VandaliaVandalia aforesaid, and committed by him to the jail of
the county of St LouisSt Louis, with the design and purpose of summoning petitioner, so as to have the petitioner
in to whom his out of the jurisdiction
of said court - made this state of factspetitioner
believes that she is entitled to her freedom, and she
prays your honor to allow her to sue as a poor person
in order to establish her right to freedom, against said
Black, the said HorineHorine and the jailor of said county one
George HGeorge H . C. Mallody who now holds her in