To the Hon. John M. KrumJohn M Krum , Judge of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court.
The Petition of HarrietHarriet , a woman of color states, that she is claimed as a slave by one Irene EmersonIrene Emerson , of the in the , widow of the late , surgeon in the United StatesUnited States army, now [ due! [or] ?[?] ]deceased[decd.] That HarrietHarriet [illegible] about eleven years ago, petitioner was brought from the by one , and carried to on the in the territory of , that after living there, doing labor and service to the said Salliafano , for about two years, he the said Salliafano , sold your petitioner to the said , then also stationed at , who kept and retained them her there for about a year after he became the owner of her, part of the time in charge of , and a that afterward said EmersonEmerson was ordered to in , and having married there, he had petitioner removed to that post from . After remaining at , about 6 months, then saidsd.EmersonEmerson went back to on the in territory and took petitioner with him where she remained with him as a servant about a year longer and from there was brought to of the County aforesaid, where he left her in charge of his wife, while he proceeded to . That said EmersonEmerson is now dead and his widow the said IreneIrene , claims property in her as a slave but believing, that under this state of facts, that she is entitled to freedom, she prays your honor to allow her to sue in said Court the said Irene EmersonIrene Emerson in order to establish her right to freedom and she will pray be.