Anderson Steward, a colored man v. John M. Jamison
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To the Hon. the Judge of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Anderson StewardAnderson Steward , a free colored man
respectfully represents to your honor, that he is
confined and restrained of his reasonable liberty by
one John MJohn M . JamisonJamison jailor of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis,
aforesaid, in the said jail - that said confinement is
not by virtue of any warrant, order or process.
Petitioner does not know with certainty the true cause
of his imprisonment, but believes that it is owing
wholly to his color - he states that prior to the
22 June 1844, he had been in the service of Lt Col
Loomis 6th infantry U.S. Army at Fort Smith & also at FortGibson
as a
hireling, that on that day he left the service of said
Loomis, intending to go up the upon MississippiMississippi, and
there hire himself as a servant to some officer of
the U.S. at a government fort, and with that
view recieved from said Loomis a certificate of
character &c, which will be shown your honor,
that he got on board of the steamer Jm. WhiteWhite
on her passage up from New OrleansOrleans to St LouisSt Louis
with the purpose of proceeding up the said river
to PrairePrairieDu ChienChien or St PetersSt Peters, but that on the
landing of said boat at St LouisSt Louis on yesterday, he
was taken by the officers of said boat and
committed to the custody of the said JamisonJamison .
Petitioner states that said imprisonment is illegal
in as much as it is made, without warrant order or
process of law, and he prays for the benefit of the writ
of Habeas Corpus, and that he may be discharged.

AndrewAndrew his mark Steward