Henry Lohre, a man of color v. Gayus (Gaius) Duty
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To the honorable The St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of HenryHenry LohreLohre respectfully states that he is
a mulatto, that he was born a slave being the
property of Benjamin Horine of WashingtonWashington in
this state that the said Benjamin Horine
let your petitioner free by an instrument in writing effectual for that purpose when he your
petitioner should arrive at the age of
twenty one years that your petitioner is
now about twenty nine years of age and since he
arrived at the age of twenty one years
he has not been claimed as a slave
or as the property of said HorineHorine that he is free and
can establish his freedom in the Courts
by Law that one Jay Duty of the City ofCity of Vicksburg
VicksburgCity of Vicksburg MississippiMississippi claims to be the owner of your
petitioner & insists upon holding him
as a slave And your petitioner has reason
to believe & does believe that the said
Duty his agents and attorneys will by force
and violence remove your petitioner out of this
state so as to prevent his suing for
his freedom. Petitioner most respectfully
prays that he may be permitted to sue
in this Honorable Court for his freedom
as a poor person according to the Laws
of this state and that the necessary orders
may be endorsed herein according to
the statutes in such cases made & provided
and as in duty bound will ever pray.

Sworn to & Subscribed
before me on this 25th day of FebyAD 1852

John Black
J. P.

HenryHenry his


mark LohreLohre