Mary Ann Speaks v. John M. Jameson and James Quisenberry
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To the Honorable the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of Mary AnnMary Ann Speaks a free person
of colour, who is now unjustly and illegally restrained
of her liberty by one JamesJames Quisenberry QuisenberryJames Quisenberry and one
John M. Jameson the keeper of the Common prison
within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, respectfully
represents, that she is now about thirty three years
of age, born in the County of AlexandriaCounty of Alexandria in the
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia, that some eight years since
she was bound apprentice to learn the art & of a housewife in the said County of AlexandriaCounty of Alexandria
aforesaid by her mother, to one SusanSusan Blunt
BluntSusan Blunt for the period of ten years now and after
the first day of May eighteen hundred and thirty five or six; that in pursuance with said apprentice
ship your petitioner remained with the said
Blunt for the period of two years in the County ofCounty of Alexandria
AlexandriaCounty of Alexandria aforesaid, at which time the said
Susan BluntSusan Blunt being about to remove to the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis in the state of MissouriMissouri, proposed to
your petitioner that if she would accompany her
to said county and State, she the said Blunt
would give or release your petitioner of two years
of the time she was so bound for as aforesaid;
that your petitioner having a fondness
for said said Blunt and her family agreed so to
come and did so come to the state and County
aforesaid about the first day of May eighteen hundred and thirty seven upon the said express
promise as aforesaid; that your petitioner has
abundance of proof to the effect as above stated,
which said proof is good and sufficient to establish
the foregoing facts; that some months since
the said SusanSusan Blunt BluntSusan Blunt departed this life interstate,
and that the said JamesJames Quisenberry QuisenberryJames Quisenberry is
administrator of all the estate, effects and credits
of the said deceased; that said Quisenberry