Elsa Hicks, a mulatto girl v. Patrick J. McSherry
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To the Honbl Judge of the St. LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

The petition of ElsaElsa Hicks HicksElsa Hicks a mulatto
girl about twenty three years of age, respect-
fully represents to your honour that she was
born in the State of VirginiaState of Virginia and was owned
by oneJames MitchellJames Mitchell , who acquired her by
marriage with one Mrs Burnell and has
continued to hold her as a slave since that
time; That said MitchellMitchell about the year eig-teen hundred and thirty fourremoved from
said State of VirginiaState of Virginia to the Territory of Wis-
consin taking along with him your petitio-
ner as a Slave where he held your petitioner
as a slave for the period of six years cont-
rary to the Ordinance of seventeen hundred and eighty seven passed by the Congress of the Un-
ited States, that about the year eighteen hun-dred and forty one, your petitioner was broug-
ht to the City of St. LouisSt Louis State of MissouriMissouri
and hired out by said MitchellMitchell that one
PatrickPatrick JJ McSherry . McSherryJ McSherry now holds your petitioner
as a slave. your petitioner therefore prays to
be permitted by your honor to sue as a poor
person in your honbl Court on the Chancery
side thereof in behalf of her freedom and
she will ever pray

By her attorney

Jas. Daugherty