In the Matter of Jesse, a man of color
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To the Honorable JohnJohn M Krum MJohn M Krum . KrumJohn M Krum Judgeof the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of JesseJesse a man
of color respectufully represents that he is confined in the Jail of St. Louis County by
the jailor thereof and as he verily believes
is illegally restrained of his liberty - that
the cause of said confinement so far as
he is informed of the same is a claim
set up by one George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons to the
services of your petitioner the said CoonsCoons alledging that your petitioner is a slave
your your petitioner being arrested and confined
in jail as he is informed, by the authority and procurement of the said CoonsCoons - that
by the judgement of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County rendered on the twenty sixth day of March 1845 in which your petitioner was
plaintiff and the said George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons was defendant was considered and adjudged that
your petitioner be be liberated and set free
from servitude and slavery to the said Geo W CoonsGeorge W Coons and to all and every claiming-
by through or under him which judgementremains valid and unreversible notwith-
standing which judgement the said CoonsCoons
has as your petitioner is informed, caused
his arrest as aforesaid - that your petitioner
knows of no other cause of his arrest
he therefore prays that a writ of Habeus Corpus may be issued in his behalf
and the cause of his imprisonment in -
quired into & that he may be discharged therefore, in liberty bound he will
ever pray &c

JesseJesse

By Jas B Townsend his atty