Preston, a man of color v. George W. Coons
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To the Honorable John M. KrumJohn M Krum , Judge of the
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court:

Your petitioner,
PrestonPreston , a man of color, would humbly
represent to your Honor that he was purchased
and held as a Slave by one MiltonMilton Duty,
in his lifetime, since deceased, that the said
Duty, being then a resident of the State of MisMissouri-
sissippi, by his last will and testament,
dated the 26th day of October A.D. 1836,
directed that, at his decease, your petitioner
amongst other slaves which he then owned,
should be manumitted and set free
and sent to the State of MissouriMissouri, if
the laws of said last mentioned State would
permit the same Your petitioner further
represents that the said Duty himself, in
his lifetime to wit; in the month of March
A.D. 1837 removed your petitioner amongst
other his said slaves, to the State of MissouriMissouri
and in the month of August A.DAugust Chouteau . 1838,
departed this life in the city and county
of St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri, having
made are other will than the our last
mentioned; that the said will was,
as your petitioner is informed and believes,
established and admitted to Probate in the
Probate Court of Warren CountyWarren County in the StateMississippi
of MississippiMississippi, on the 26th day of November A. D. 1838, and on the 22nd day of June A. D. 1839 was recorded - as the last will
and testament of the said Duty in the
County , and letters

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of administration thereof granted to one GeorgeGeorge W
WGeorge W . Coon, of the said city and County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis, who now as your petitioner
verily believes, wrongfully and unjustly
holds your petitioner in slavery. Your
petitioner therefore humbly prays that he
may be permitted to prosecute this his
suit for freedom as a poor person, that
counsel may be assigned him, and that
the orders, prescribed by Statute in such
cases, may be made in his behalf,
and, as in duty bound, will ever pray
&c.

PrestonPreston Duty x his Mark