David McFoy, a person of color v. William Brown
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To the Honorable Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge of
the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court . St LouisSt Louis Country StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri

The petition of David McFoyDavid McFoy respectfully
Sheweth

That he the said David McFoyDavid McFoy is a freeman,
that he was born a freeman in Westmoreland County
in the State of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania, that he has during his
entire life been a freeman of PensylvaniaPennsylvania, that he
has and herewith submits affidavits establishing
his citizenship according to the statute requirment
of the state of MissouriMissouri; but that at the instance of a
man calling himself by the name of WilliamWilliam Brown
BrownWilliam Brown he was on the 13th day of December 1849
arrested and taken before PeterPeter W JohnstoneW Johnstone one
of the justices of the Peace & c to whom the said so
called BrownBrown represented that your peitioner
was the property of the Heirs of one Thomas FThomas F Brown .
BrownThomas F Brown and that he the said William BrownWilliam Brown was
the administraiton of the estate of the said
F Brown that your petitioner was a runaway
slave and that he had ran away from PrestonPreston County
CountyPreston County in VirginiaVirginia in September 1848 and
that thereupon & at the instance of said WilliamWilliam Brown
BrownWilliam Brown you Petitioner was committed to the jail
of St Louis County as a runaway slave. That
it is the intention of said William BrownWilliam Brown to your
petitioner off out of the state & take him or sell him
into bondage and that he your peition is desirous
of commencing a suit for his freedom
And your petitioner further showing that he
is a poor man and unable to bear the expenses
of bringing and prosecuting a suit or action
against the said William BrownWilliam Brown for the

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establishment of his freedom prays your Hon.
Court to grant him permission to sue as a
poor person, and to secure to him such rights
and priveleges as may enable him to prosecute
successfully a suit for his freedom against
the said William BrownWilliam Brown , and particularly
that an order may be granted restraining him
the said William BrownWilliam Brown from removing him your
petitioner from the state of MissouriMissouri or out of the
jurisdiction of this good. Court. and to prevent
your petitioner being restrained of his reasonable liberty
in attending his counsel & this honorable court and that
an order may be made placing him your peti

tioner in the care & possession of the sheriff of
St Louis County the said William BrownWilliam Brown
being a non resident of the State of MisMissouri

souri.

David McFoyDavid McFoy
By his Atty
P A LaDue