Harry Duty v. John F. Darly
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HarryHarry Duty plaintiff
against
John F. DarleyJohn F Darley defendant

In the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis
County April Term 1850.
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The plaintiff states that he is now
and has been for more than two
years now last past, held in slavery by JohnJohn F Darley
F. DarleyJohn F Darley as administrator of the estate
of MiltonMilton Duty deceased in the city and
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
that he is now and has been during at
said time a free person, that he has been
and is now confined and restrained of his
liberty by the defendant; that he was bearing
the slave of MiltonMilton Duty deceased; that said
Duty died in the year eighteen hundred and thirty eight in the county of St. LouisSt Louis aforesaid
that before his death, said Duty being there
and so till his said absence the sole owner of the
plaintiff as his slave, made his last will
in due form of law, a reply of which duly
authenticated is herewith filed, the original
not being in the possession or under the control
of the plaintiff, that by said will, said Duty
emancipates and set free all his slaves and among
them the plaintiff, that all the debts of said
estate have been paid or that an ample
fund is in the hands of the defendant to
pay the same; therefore the plaintiff
asks in his poor Judgement of [ libration ]
against the defendant and all persons
claiming by or through him
or the said Duty.

Field

&

Hall
Attys.

for Plff.