State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louis of St. LouisCircuit Court
St. LouisCounty St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1852
To the Hon. Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County and the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri, your petitioner George JohnsonGeorge Johnson , humbly complaining,
respectfully represents to your honorable Court that he is a
free man of color, and that he is now claimed and held as a
slave by one HenryHenry MooreMoore , a citizen of MissouriMissouri, who has now
your petitioner confined in the trading yard of B. W. Lynch of
this City, and he is not allowed to see his friends or counsel.
Your petitioner further states the following to be the grounds on
which his claim to freedom is founded:
To wit - that he was born of free colored parents in Fayette County
in the State of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania, and tht he has remained free
from his birth to the present time, never having owed service, nor
belonged to any person whatever.
Your petitioner further states that, he has resided a free man
of color in the State of MissouriMissouri for the last eight years.
Your petitioner further states that by reason of his said free
birth by his free parents, he feels that he is entitled to his
freedom, and prays the Court to permit him to sue, as a
poor person, for his freedom, and, until such suits shall be
decided, to allow him free access to his counsel and the
Court, and to prevent him from being removed beyond the jurisdic
tion of this Court.
James MJames M . Nelson
Atty for Petitioner
Isaac JohnsonSworn to by Isaac Johnson
and subscribed to this 16th day of June 1852
PeterPeter W JohnstoneW Johnstone
Justice of the Peace
Sworn to & subscribed by George JohnsonGeorge Johnson
before me this 16th day June 1852.
SamuelSamuel A Bennett
St. LouisSt LouisCo.Mo.