Louisa Lewis and George Lewis v. Henry N. Hart
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
SS

In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
September Term 1859

of LouisaLouisa alias LouisaLouisa LewisLewis
and of her minor son GeorgeGeorge .

To the HonSamuelSamuel M. Breckinridge

Judge of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
Your petitioner LouisaLouisa alias LouisaLouisa LewisLewis , respectfully
prays of your Honor, for leave to sue as a poor person,
in order to establish the right of herself and of her
minor son GeorgeGeorge to freedom and in support thereof
alleges the following reasons:

That she is the daughter of one LizzieLizzie alias ElizabethElizabeth
Dickson, now deceased

1st That said ElizabethElizabeth alias LizzieLizzie , being then a free
person of color, purchased your petitioner for the purpose
and on the condition that she should be free-

2nd That in as much as a free person of color cannot
hold a slave in the State of MissouriMissouri, that the purchased
of petitioner by her Mother operated as a deed of manu
mission

3rd That subsequently to her purchase of peitioner
LizzieLizzie alias ElizabethElizabeth Dickson emancipated her

4th That previous to the death of the said LizzieLizzie
alias ElizabethElizabeth Dickson, and after her purchased by
her of your petitioner, your petitioner and her child
with the knowledge and consent of the said LizzieLizzie

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alias ElizabethElizabeth Dickson, acted as a free person
of color and contracted as such with other persons.
and this during the period of seventeen years.
Your peitioner further represents that
her said son GeorgeGeorge was bought born in this
City about a year three years after the emanci
pation of your petitioner, is now about fourteen
years old & has always with the knowledge
& consent of said LizzieLizzie alias ElizabethElizabeth
Dickson been considered a free person
and so conducted himself

Wherefore your petitioner prays the privilege
of suing as a poor person for the freedom
of herself and of her child, and for the usual orders
by the Statute in such cases made and provided
against HenryHenry N. HartN Hart Esq,, who as the Adminis
trator of her Mother the said LizzieLizzie alias ElizabethElizabeth
Dickson claims the possession of your petitioner
and of her child-

her
LouisaLouisa mark
alias LouisaLouisa LewisLewis

Witness

John Farish