Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
written and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis in the StateMissouri
ofMissouri MissouriMissouri.

The Petition ofMaryMary Charlotte CharlotteMary Charlotte a woman of Color
for herself and her four infant children Antoine
Augusta, Victorine and Euphania, Respectfully_
that she is entitled to freedom by being
born of a Negresse named Rene, who herself was
born at MontrealMontreal in Canada_ That about the Year
Seventeen hundred and ninety one, the said One was
removed from CanadaCanada by a Certain Johnathon Low
Julian Trader, to his trading port at Prairiedan Chiew
in the North western Territory of the United StatesUnited States west
of the river OhioOhio, where she was detained by him, as
his slave until his death, Some time in the Year 1792-
that she is informed that after the death of said
Stork, She was brought down to St LouisSt Louis by a certain
AndrewAndrew ToddTodd , a trader who sold her as a slave to a
Mr Dickers a Prist, Contrary to the provision of our Ordinance of the Congress of the United StatesUnited Statesentitled
an and Ordiance for the government of the Territory-
North west of the river OhioOhio, PassedJuly 13 and1787-That she remained in the possession of said
DidierDidier as his slave, and was afterwards sold by him
as such slave, to one AugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau Since

Your petitioner further States that from the
death of the saidAugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau to within
a few months past she has been held by the widow
of the ChouteauChouteau as Executor of his Estate that

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after her death a certain Daniel J Chirteau, acting
as of Chirteau the
took your petitioner and till to hold Your Petitioner and her children
above named.

Your Petitioner therefore prays that she may be
permitted to sue as a poor person for the obtaining of
her & her said children's freedom, and that Your honor
will make an order that she have reasonable liberty
to attend her Counsel and the Court and that she shall not
be subjected to any severity on account of her application
for freedom, nor be removed out of the jurisdiction
of the Court

MaryMary her


mark CharlotteCharlotte

qua tertis, J. Kritchmuut.

Sworn to and subscribed before we
this first day of May AD 1843

Jhn Krutchmar,

Justice of the peace
St Louis County, MO