Isham Shaw v. Augustus H. Evans
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Isham ShawShaw
AugustusAugustus H. EvansH Evans

In the St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Defendant for answer to the
petition of plaintiff states & says as follows.

He denies that plaintiff is entitle to his
freedom - He denies that plaintiff was born
free. He admits that plaintiff was born
free. He admits that plaintiff was born
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis but states and
avers that defendant at the time of his birth owned the mother
of plaintiff as his slave, and that
said plaintiff was born, while his
mother was the slave of defendant.
-that he never set the defendant free
and that he said plaintiff now is & has
always been his property a slave. He states
that the mother of plaintiff run him
off out of this state several years ago
and pretended that he said plaintiff was
dead and that so as he knew of
plaintiff's return to this state he
caused him to be apprehended as
his slave and lodged in jail for
safe keeping and while in jail the plaintiff
obtained leave to bring this suit. Defendant
asks to be hence discharged & C.

& Tucker