Michel Paul, a man of color v. Gabriel Paul
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To the Honorable the Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
Your Petitioner MichelMichael a Man of Color respectfully
Sheweth that he is by birth entitled to his freedom by
being born of a negress Named RoseRose who was born
in MontrealMontreal CanadaCanada. That in the year seventeen
and ninety one or there abouts, the said RoseRose was
removedfrom CanadaCanada by a certain John Storke an Indian
trader to his trading post at PrairiePrairie du ChienChien , in the
Northwestern Territory of the United StatesUnited States, west of the
river OhioOhio and was there detained by the said John
Storke, as his slave until the death of said Storke which
took place abut the Year 1793 or 4. That he is informed
that after the death of said Storke as aforesaid She was
brought down to St LouisSt Louis by a Certain AndrewAndrew ToddTodd
a trader who sold her as a slave to a Certain
DidierDidier the Curate of the Parish Contrary to the provision
of an Ordinance of the Congress of the United StatesUnited States
entitled an Ordinance for the government of the
Territory Northwest of the River OhioOhio passed July 13th 1787. That she remained in the possession of said DidierDidier
as his slave and was afterwards sold by said DidierDidier
as his slave aforesaid to one AugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau
since decreased. Your Petitioner of states that after
the death of said ChouteauChouteau at a sale of the
personal Estate of said ChouteauChouteau , he was did for
and adjudicated to one GabrielGabriel Paul PaulGabriel Paul by whom he has
been and now is held as a slave. Wherefore he
prays that he may be permitted to sue as a poor person
for the obtaining of his freedom, and that Your honor
will make 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 application for
freedom, nor be removed out of the jurisdiction of the Court

Michel X his

Sworn to and subscribed before me,
this twenty fourth day of May, A.D. Eighteen hundred and forty three


Justice of the Peace St. Louis County, Mo