Hannah, a mulatto woman v. John Pitcher
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To the Hon. the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis
County. April Term 1844.

The petition of HannahHannah a mulatto woman
aged about nineteen years respectfully represents
that she is now held in slavery in the County
aforesaid by John Pitcher that the verily believes
that she is entitled to freedom, and she prays
the said Court for leave to , the said Pitcher, as
a poor person, in order to establish her right to freedome.
Your petitioner states, as the ground on which her
claim to freedome is founded, that about eight years
ago, then being the slave of Danel D. Page, of St LouisSt Louis
in the state of MissouriMissouri, she was taken by said Page
from St LouisSt Louis aforesaid to the City of Boston in the state of
MassachusettsMassachusetts, in the spring of the year in the month of
May as petitioner believes, and there left by said
Page as a waiter and servant in attendance upon the
wife of said Page, who accompained her said
husband to BostonBoston aforesaid, - that petitioner remained
in the said state of MassachusettsMassachusetts during service and labor
there in attendance upon the wife of said Page until
sometime in the fall of the same year, the month
of petitioner thinks, where your petitioner was
bought back again to St LouisSt Louis by her said
who then returned home - The petitioner cannot remember
with distinctness, the year whom she was so taken
to MassachusettsMassachusetts & then kept as aforesaid, but for greater
certainty, she states, that it was in the year, that the
Catholic convent was burnt down at Charliston
in said Past named state, by a mob, and that petitioner
being there in BostonBoston saw the Conflagration - After

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petitioner was brought back to St LouisSt Louis, the said
Page sold her to Mr. John Pitcher, who nowholds
her in slavery - Petitioner states that slavery is not
allowed to exist in the state of MassachusettsMassachusetts, and
was not permitted when she was so taken there &
kept as aforesaid and that such a holding her
in slavery there by the laws of said state entitled
petitioner to freedom.

HannahHannah her mark of Color