Harry Duty v. John F. Darly
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To the Honorable AlexanderAlexander Harmilton Judge
of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis

Your petitioner HarryHarry Duty
respectfully represents to your honor
that he is now held as a slave in the city and
county of St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri
by John F. DarleyJohn F Darley , 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 MiltonMilton Duty made
his last will and testament, by which he the
said Duty emancipated certain of his slaves
and among them your petitioner to he
then belonged, was also emancipated by said will
& that all of the debts of said estate have been fully paid -
that not withstanding such said emancipation
your petitioner has been held in slavery up
to the present time; but is now in truth and is entitled to be a free person that your petitioner is
a poor person who is without property or the
means of monitoring his suit. Wherefore your petitioner prays for leave to sue as
a poor person for his freedom and that
your Honor will make an order in his favour
to that effort, that he may have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel and the court as
occassion may require; that he be not removed
out of the jurisdiction of the court nor subjected to
any severity on account of this application
for his freedom.

HarryHarry his