Nelly Duty v. John F. Darly
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To the Honorable Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis

Your petitioner NellyNelly Duty
respectfully represents to your Honor she is
now held in slavery in the city and county
of St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri, by John FJohn F Darly .
DarlyJohn F Darly as administrator of the estate of
MiltonMilton Duty deceased; that said Duty died
in the county and State aforesaid in the year
eighteen hundred and thirty eight; that
before his death the said Darly made his
last will and testament by which he
emancipated certain of his slaves and
among them your petitioner, to whom
she then belonged, was also emancipated
by said will; that not withstanding said emanci
pation your petiontioner has been held in
slavery up to the present time but is now
in truth entitled to her freedom; your petitioner further states that all of the debts against estate said have been fully paid
that your
petitioner is a poor person wholly without
property or the means of maintaining her

Wherefore your petitioner prays your
Honor to make an order granting her leave to
as a poor person for her freedom, that she may
have reasonable liberty to attend her counsel
and the court as occasion may require
that she be not removed out of the jurisdiction
of the court nor subjected to any severity on
account of her application for her freedom.

NellyNelly her