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

Your petitioner CarolineCaroline Duty
respectfully represents that she is now held
as a slave in the city and county of StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri by JohnJohn F Darly
F. DarlyJohn F Darly , the administrator of the estate
of MiltonMilton Duty deceased; that said MiltonMilton
Duty died in the county of St. LouisSt Louis 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 by which the said
Duty emancipated certain of his slaves
and among them, your petitioner to whom she belonged was also
emancipated; that not withstanding
such said emancipation your petitioner
has been held in slavery up to this
time; Your petitioner further states that all of the debts of said estate have been fully paid. Therefore your petitioner
prays leave to sue as a poor person for
her freedom and that your Honor will
make an order in her favor to that effect
and that she may have reasonable liberty to
attend her counsel and the court as
occasion may require; thea she be not
removed out of the jurisdiction of the Court
nor subject to any severity on account of
this her application for her freedom.

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