Ellen 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 EllenEllen Duty
represents, that she is now held as a
slave in the city and County of StCounty of St Louis.
LouisCounty of St Louis and State of MissouriMissouri by JohnJohn F Darly
F. DarlyJohn F Darly , 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 of which
he the said Duty emancipated certain
of his slaves and among them
your petitioner to who she then
belonged, was also emancipated by
said will; that not withstanding such
said emancipation, your petitioner has
been held in slavery up to this time
although all the debts against said estate have been fully paid
that your petitioner is a poor person
[ wholy ] without property or the means to
maintain her suit.
Wherefore your
petitioner prays for leave to sue as a
poor person for her freedom and that
your Honor will make an order in her
favor to that effectt; that she may have reasonable
liberty to attend her counsel and the court
as occasion may require; that she be not
removed out of the jurisdiction of the
Court on account of this her application
for her freedom.

EllenEllen her