In the Matter of Jesse, a man of color
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And the said JesseJesse a free person
of colour now comes into court, and for
answer to the return of JohnJohn M MJohn M
to the Habeas Corpus the return
of him in the above cause & says
That he is not the slave of the said
Duty deceased nor of the said CoonsCoons administrator as above alledged but
that he is by the judgement of the
CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court of St Louis - County declared
to be free - from the Controlor
Custody of the Said - CoonsCoons & of all persons & heirs
claiming under him he is ready to verify therefor
he prays to be discharged
from his imprisonment.