George Johnson v. Reubem Bartlett
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis


To the Hon. Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court


Your petitioner, George JohnsonGeorge Johnson , humbly complaining, respectfully represents to your Honor,
that he is a free man of color, and that he is now claimed and held as a slave by Mr.
ReubenReuben BartlettBartlett , in the City and County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, and state of MissouriMissouri. Your petitioner
states the following to be the grounds upon which his claim to freedom is founded;
That he was born of free colored parents, in the free city of BrownsvilleBrownsville, in the
free state of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania; and that he has remained free, to all intents and purposes,
from his birth to the present time: never having owed service or belonged to any
person whatever. Your petitioner further states, that, by reason of his said free birth,
he feels that he is entitled to his freedom; and therfore prays your Honor to
permit him to sue for the freedom of himself, as a poor person wholly and
totally unable to pay costs; and to allow him free access to his counsel and the
Court, and to prevent him from being taken out of the jurisdiction of your
Honor's Court/

Signed.

George JohnsonGeorge Johnson .
[ Deadman ] & Nelson


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