Elsa Hicks, a mulatto girl v. S. Burrell and James Mitchell
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To the Honourable the Judge of the St LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court the petition of ElsaElsa Hicks HicksElsa Hicks a Mulatto Girl
aged about twenty one years Respectfully Represents
to your honour that she was born in the State ofState of Virginia
VirginiaState of Virginia & was owned by one JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell
Who aquired her by to one Miss Burle-
& has continued to hold her as a Slave since
that time That said MitchellMitchell about the year 1834
removed from said State ofState of Virginia VirginiaState of Virginia to the
Territory of Wisconson carrying with him your
petitioner Where he held your petitioner as
a slave for the term of six years, contrary
to the Ordinance of 1787 passed by the
Congress of the United StatesUnited States. That about the
year 1791 your petitioner was brought to
the City of St LouisSt Louis State of MissouriMissouri &
hired out by said MitchellMitchell to Edward Gay
of said City That one S. Burrel Burrel Representing
himself as the Brother in law of said MitchellMitchell
held your petitioner in his possession as a slave
& is removing your petitioner out
of the State of MissouriMissouri& beyond the Jurisdiction of your honors Court against her will
& contrary to the law in such case
made & provided and your petitioner here have
by prays to be by your honor permitted to sue in your honorable
circut for the as a poor person in behalf of
her freedom that she will ever pray &ElsaElsa Hicks HicksElsa Hicks a (Mulatto Girl being duly
sworn upon her oath says that the matters
& things set forth in the foregoing petion
are just & true

Elsa her


mark Hicks

Sworn to & subscribed before me in the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, State of MissouriMissouri, this
3d day of February 1845.

Isaac B. Thomas, Justice of the Peace
in & for said County