Laura, a woman of colour v. Henry B. Belt
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To the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis
County State of MissouriMissouri

It is hereby ordered that
the within named petitioner LauraLaura a person of
colour be allowed to sue for her freedom as
a poor person without giving security for costs
and that shebe allowed reasonable have reasonable liberty
to attend her Counsel and the Court as occasion
may require and that she be not removed out of
the Jurisdiction of this Court and that she be not
subjected to any severity on account of her suit
for freedom.

Given under my hand as Judge of
the Circuit Court of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
and state of MissouriMissouri this day of JanuaryA.D. 1852

A. HamiltonAlexander Hamilton

Judge 8th Judicial Cir.Mo.