Lucina Duty v. John F. Darley
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To the Honorable Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis

Your petitioner LucinaLucinda Duty
respectfully represents to your Honor
that she is now held in slavery in the city
and county of St. LouisSt Louis and State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri by John F DarlyJohn F Darly as adminis
trator 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 testam
ent by which he emancipated certain
of his slaves and among them your
petitioner to whom she then belonged
was also emancipated by said will; that not
withstanding said emancipation, your
petitioner has been held in slavery up
to the present time but is now in truth
entitled to her freedom; that your petition
er is a poor person wholly without property
and the means of maintaining her suit;
& your petitioner further states that all of the debts of said Duty have been fully paid. Wherefore your petitioner prays your
Honor to make an order granitng her
leave to sue as a poor person, for her
freedom; that she may have reasonable
liberty to attend her counsel and the
Court as occassion may require; that she
be not removed out of the jurisdiction of
the court nor subjected to any severity
on account of this her application
for her freedom.

LucinaLucinda her


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