Mary Duty v. John F. Darly
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To the Honorable AlexanderAlexander Hamilton
HamiltonAlexander Hamilton , Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County

Your petitioner MaryMary Duty
respectfully represents to your Honor
that she is now held in slavery in the
city and county of St LouisSt Louis and State
of Missori by John F. DarlyJohn F Darly as admin
istrator 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 testament
by which he the said Duty 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; Your Petitioner further states that all of the debts against said estate have been fully paid that your petitioner is a
poor person, wholly without any property and the
means of maintianing her suit; wheref
ore your petitioner prays your Honor to
make an order granting 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 her application for
freedom.

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