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

LauraLaura a woman of Colour plff
HenryHenry B Belt defendant

In obedience to an
order of this Hon Court made at the present
November Term 1851 of said Court in
the above entitled cause, requiring this
respondent to show cause why an
attachment should not issue against
him for a contempt of an order of
this Hon Court Cause and shown the
following to act, respondent states that
no order was ever served on him
in the above cause nor did he know
that any order ever had been
made in the above entitled cause
This respondent states that he did
hear that said LauraLaura had instituted
suit for her freedom but that this
respondent was no party to the
issue and did not consider that
he had any thing to do with said
suit, he states that said LauraLaura was sold
by the sheriff of said county and
as the agent for Riley & Christy he
bid for and purchased said
LauraLaura for them, and after he
purchased said LauraLaura he requested
Mr. Hughes an attorney of the St LouisSt Louis
Bar to look into the matter