Caroline Bascom, a mulatto girl v. John Ferguson
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ToM. Krum of S LouisS LouisCircuit CourtCircuit Court .

The petition of CarolineCaroline a mulatto woman of the age of
twenty one years, of S LouisS Louis County

she believes herself entitled to freedom on the following

1.That she is the child of a negro woman
who was a slave for life in the StateDelaware ofDelaware DelawareDelaware and subsequently sold to a person, who took her or caused her to be removed to
the state of MarylandMarylandsometime in the year 1820- 21 or 22Contrary to the statues of that state, which as your petitioneris formed liberate all slaves emported therein for for sale. or to residesaid Chanty was taken to MarylandMaryland about that time to reside & ever since and is
now a free woman of that State of :

2. That Chanty was a slave for life is Delawarian, and
was sold for a limited period of service then to be free..
and that during that serivce she was removed to MarylandMaryland
from Delaware- after which your petitioner was born..

3. That she is the child of Chanty, now a free woman of State of MarylandMaryland under said contract of , and your petitioner was born during the residence of the mother in while the said Chanty was serving her term of service after which to be free.

Your petitioner further states that she is now a confinement in the County jail by John H FergusonJohn H Ferguson of the Estate of Deceased and for no other reasonable cause petitioner believes, an unreasonable Seventy
viewof sale and removal.

Your petitioner therefore that the State Court will grant her liberty to live as a free
person under the Statutes of this state and such orders be to enable her to sustain her freedom by legal and that the court will protect