Squire Brown, a person of colour v. Charles R. Anderson
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To the Honorable BryanBryan Mullanphy MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge
of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County

The petition of Squire
BrownBrown a man of color respectfully represents
that he is
of instituting a suit against one Charles RCharles R Anderson
AndersonCharles R Anderson in order to establish the right
of your petitioner to freedom that his claim
is founded upon the following grounds to wit
that sterry BrownBrown who had formerly owned
your petitioner for some six or eight years
to the fifth day of May 1841.& during the time
he so owned your petitioner hired out your
petitioner to work in the County of St ClairCounty of St Clair
State of IllinoisIllinois at various times between
the years 1839 & 1841. for several monthsat
a time. Your petitioner represents further
that since May 1841. he has been
from said & BrownBrown his former &
is now deemed by the said AndersonAnderson as his property
& that he is now by the said AndersonAnderson
held in slavery.

Your petitioner therefore
prays that he may have learn to sue as a
poor person in order to establish his right
to freedom

Squire his mark Brown