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

Your petitioner, NatNat , a man of color humbly
represents 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 MississippiMississippi
by his last will and testament, dated the 26th day of October 1836, directed that at his decease
your petitioner, among other slaves which he
then owned, should be manumitted and set
free and sent to the State of MissouriMissouri, of the
laws of said last mentioned State would permit
the same. Your petitioner further represents that
the said Duty removed your petitioner, amongst
other his said slaves, to the said State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri, in the month of March 1837, and in
the month of August 1838 departed this life
in the city and county of St. LouisSt Louis and StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri, having made no other will than
the one above-mentioned; that the said will
was, as your petitioner is informed and believes,
established and admitted to probate in the Pro-
bate Court of Warren CountyWarren County in the State ofMississippi
MississippiMississippi on the 26th day of November 1838,
and on the 22nd of June 1839, was recorded as
the last will and testament of the said Duty
in the County Court of St. Louis County and letter
of administration thereof granted to one GeorgeGeorge W Coons
WGeorge W Coons . CoonsGeorge W Coons of the said city and County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,
who now, as your petitioner verily believes,
wrongfully and unjustly holds him in slavery
Your petitioner therefore humbly prays that he

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may be permitted to prosecute this his suit for
freedom as a poor person, that counsel be as-
signed him, and that the orders, prescribed by
Statute in such cases, be made in his be-
half, and as in duty bound he will ever
prays &c.

NathanielNathaniel his Mark