Preston 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 PrestonPreston Duty
respectfully represents that he is now
held in slavery in the city and county of
St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri by JohnJohn F Darly
F. 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, said Duty
made his last will and testament by
which, he the said Duty emancipated certain
of his slaves and among them your
petitioner to whom, he then belonged, was
also emancipated by said will; that not wi
thstanding said emancipation, your
petitioner has been held in slavery to the
present time although the debts against said estate have been fully paid but is now in fact entitl
ed to his freedom, that your petitioner
wholly without property and means to
maintain his suit. Wherefore your
petitioner prays your Honor to make
an order granting him leave to sue as
a poor person, for his freedom; 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

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