Laura, a woman of colour v. Henry B. Belt
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for St. Louis County

LauraLaura of Color plaintiff
against
HenryHenry B Belt defendant

In obedience to an order
of this Hon Court made at the present November Term 1851, a copy of which is herewith filed in
and by which order James ChristyJames Christy with one
E CurtisEdward Curtis is required to show cause to this Honble
Court on the second day of March 1852 why
an attachment should not issue against them
for a comtempt of the order of said Court. And
now the said James ChristyJames Christy comes and says that
it is not true that he with said E. Curtis on
the 16th day of July 1852 or at any time decoyed
the said LauraLaura from the place where she was
confined & from the Jurisdiction of this Hon Court
and the said James ChristyJames Christy denies that he
at said time had any knowledge whatever that
this Hon court had ever made any such order
as the one referred to in the order a copy of which
is hereto annexed. And the said James ChristyJames Christy
presently denies that he ever removed or decoyed
said LauraLaura from the place where she was con
fined and beyond the jurisdiction of this Court
after he had any knowledge that she was prose
cuting her suit for freedom.
The said JamesJames Christy
ChristyJames Christy further states and gives the Court
here to be informed that he the said JamesJames Christy
ChristyJames Christy never knew nor had he any notice or
information that the saidLaura Laura had
instituted any suit for freedom until