Hester Williams, Priscilla Williams, and Mary Ella Williams, by and through their next friend, Jordan M. Early v. Frederick Norcum, et al.
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This is to certify that [ negroe ] woman HesterHester
& children formerly my slaves in St. LouisSt Louis
are free and have all the rights to to go where
they please that other coloured peoplehave

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they were set free by me in January
last.

(signed) F. Norcum