Jordan Duty vs. Johon F. Darly
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To the Honorable Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis

Your petitioner JordanJordan Duty
respectfully represents to your Honor that
he is now held in slavery in the city and
county of St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri
of John F. DarlyJohn F Darly as administrator of the
estate of MiltonMilton Duty deceased; that said
MiltonMilton Duty died in the county and State
aforesaid in the year eighteen hundred and thirty eight; that before his death, the
said Duty made his last will and testament
of which, he the said Duty emancipated certain
of his slaves and among them, your peti
tioner, to whom he then belonged was also
emancipated by said will; that not withstand
ing said emancipation, your petitioner has been held in slavery up to the present time although the debts against said estate been fully paid
but is now in truth entitled to his freedom
that your petitioner is a poor person, wholly
without property and the means of maintaining
his suit.
Wherefore your petitioner prays
your Honor to make an order granting him
leave to sue as a poor person for his petit
ion; that he may have reasonable liberty to
attend his counsel and the court as occasion
may require; that he be not removed out
of the jurisdiction of the court, nor subjected
to any severity on account of his applica
tion for freedom.

JordanJordan his


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