Thomas Jefferson, a man of color v. George A. Calton and Jonathan B. Moulton
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To the HonJohn MJohn M [ Krumm ] Judge of the StCircuit Court Louis CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court


Your petitionerThomasThomas Jefferson JeffersonThomas Jefferson a man of color aged about
Thirty two years, humbly complaining respectfully
represents to your honor that he was born a slavein
the State ofState of Virginia VirginiaState of Virginia, That in the Spring of Eighteen hundred and thirty five he was brought by his master
one Charles Drexter to St LouisSt Louis in the StateMissouri ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
where he (your petitioner) resided [ untill ] the Spring of
Eighteen hundred and thirty nine. That in the
month of March or April of the year last mentioned
said Drexter sold your petitioner to one SamuelSamuel
ProsserProsser . That said ProsserProsser then resided and now
resides at JacksonvilleJacksonville in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois
That said ProsserProsser immediately after becoming the
owner of yourpetitioner removed your petitioner
to the County ofCounty of Morgan MorganCounty of Morgan in the state of
IllinoisIllinois, where said ProsserProsser your petitioners then
master, held your petitioner in slavery & compelled
him to labour as such on a farm in said County
of Morgan & State of IllinoisIllinois for a period of
about Eight months. Then next following the
month of April in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty nine. at the expiration of which period
your petitioner was again brought back to St LouisSt Louis
by sd ProsserProsser and that some Six months since
said ProsserProsser sold your petitioner to one George
A Calton, and Jonathan BJonathan B Moulton MoultonJonathan B Moulton , who have
ever since, and still do hold your petitioner in
bondage. Your petitioner believing he is entitled
to his freedom, prays your Honor to grant him
cause to sue as a poor person to establish said
freedom according to the provisions of the Statute
in in such cases. & he willever pray &c

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