Labon, a man of color v. Risdon H. Price
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no 7
March Term 1818
LabonLabon a free person, of
color
R. H., Price

petition for,
freedom

filed september 10th 1817

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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Northern Circuit

To the Honorable the superior count
of the Territory aforesaid now sitting for the Northern circuit

The petition of LabonLabon a man of color,
HumblyHumbly that your petitioner in the month
of may or thereabout in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen was brought from the state of KentuckyKentucky,
where he was owned as a slave by one WilliamWilliam ClarkeClarke
to the territory of IllinoisIllinois, and there sold, as a slave to
one simon who kept your petitioner
in servitude, and slavery, in said territory contrary, to the
consent sometime about the first of January in the
present year when he sold your petitioner to one
RisdonRisdon H ,HRisdon H Price of St LouisSt Louis where he has remained
and been kept by said Price in slavery, ever since
till this time and said Price claims and holds your
petitioner as his property and have by virtue of his
aforesaid purchase and your petitioner is informed by
virtue of his aforesaid residence in the IllinoisIllinois, territory
and under an ordinance, of the Congress, of the United StatesUnited States for the government of the North western Territory
he is entitled, to his freedom and by law is free,

your petitioner therefore prays, that an attorney,
he commenced against said Price on, behalf of your
said petitioner according to law to enable your
petitioner to obtain his freedom and counsel learned
in the law may be appointed to manage said cause
for him and your petitioner as in, duty bound,
will ever pray

St LouisSt Louis the 25th august 1817


LabonLabon his

X

mark,
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Saint LouisSt Louis

Anthony S BadgelyAnthony Badgely on his oath,
says that in the year eighteen hundred and sixteen during the space of three
months and more, he says in the possess,-
ions, of one SimonSimon Connorsdale, and in the IllinoisIllinois
Territory immediately opposite St LouisSt Louis a Negro man
named Lebon that said Connorsdale, claimed said Lebon
as his slave and exercised every set of ownership over, him
said LebanLeban and that said Lebon is now living with one RisdonRisdon H
HRisdon H . Price in Saint LouisSt Louis and blamed by him as a slave
as this deponent has been informed and believe the fact to

sworn, to by the said
Anthony SAnthony Badgely . BadgelyAnthony Badgely , this
24th day of August 1817 before me

D. Barton


judge of the Northern
circuit of said, territory

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Anthony S BadgelyAnthony Badgely
to

affidavit
freedom LabonLabon

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Territory of missouri
In the SuperiorSuperior Court court
northern circuit

of the term of August 1817
LabonLabon , a free black man
held in, slavery and who sues, for his freedom
Risden HRisden H , Price

on petition to be admitted to sue for
freedom.

The court directs, that an action of assault
Battery and false imprisonment he instituted, against the said RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price
in the name of the said Laybun, that the defendant do permit the Layburn,
to have a reasonable liberty of attending his counsel and that he shall not
be taken nor removed out of the jurisdiction of the court nor be subjected to any,
severity because of his application for freedom

of BartonBarton of counsel for the petitioner
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TempeTempe a Black woman held
in, slavery, who sues, for her freedom
vs
The Same,

On Petitor aforesaid
the same order with presiding me

I clerk of the SuperiorSuperior Court court of the territory of MissouriMissouri,
to certify that the above is a true with two cases

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In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand & affixed the seal of the SuperiorSuperior Court court for the
northern circuit this seventh day of september 1817

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No 18
April Term

Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern
march term 1818

LebanLeban a person, of
R, H. Price


& false
for freedom,

Summons

To this the
Let a summons issue,

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This is an action of trespass,
Battery and false inprisonment
brought the petitioner for freedom

filed August

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12th

filed September

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Clarks
m.c.

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Executed this summons,
on R H Price, by
reading it to him,
in the town of
St LouisSt Louis
1817

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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Saint LouisSt Louis County

In the superior court of the
missouri Territory in the
northern circuit of march term one thousand eight hundred & eighteen

a Free person of colour by his attorney appointed by the said court complains
of RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price of a plea of trespass, with force
and arms,- For that the said RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price
on the twenty fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen
in, the town of St LouisSt Louis in saint Louis County and
within the jurisdiction of this court with force
and arms to made an assault on the said LabonLabon
and then and there beat wounded and ill
treated the said LabonLabon whereof the said LabonLabon
was in great danger of [ loossing, ] his life and
also for
at saint Louis in the county aforesaid with force
and arms made another assault on the said
LabonLabon and then and there again beat wounded
imprisoned and illtreated the said LabonLabon
and him the said LabonLabon put in prison
without any reasonable causes, against the will
of the said LabonLabon , and against the laws, of the united
states and of this territory for a long time to wit,
the present time detained and kept, and still
keeps the said LabanLaban in prison, and other
injuries to the said LabonLabon did against
the peace of the united states and this Territory and
to the damage of the said LabanLaban one thousand
dollars, and therefore he brings his suit

for the plaintiff
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Northern Circuit

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the sheriff of the county
of St LouisSt Louis Greeting

We command you that you summon RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price that he be and
appear before the Judges of the superior court of the territory of MissouriMissouri,
said superior court to be held in and for the northern circuit of our said
Territory at the town of St LouisSt Louis on the fourth monday in march next, then
and there in our said court before our Judges aforesaid, to answer
unto LabonLabon , a man of color who sues, for his freedom in an
of trespass,, assault & Battery and false imprisonment to his damage
one thousand and dollars - and have you then and there this writ

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Witness the Honourable AlexanderAlexander Stuart StuartAlexander Stuart Esquire,
presiding Judge of our said court at St LouisSt Louis this
tenth day of september in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen
Independence the forty second

-

V. C. N. C.

-
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Northern Circuit Aug Term 1818.

Risdon HRisdon H . Rice

Lebon a blackman

And the said RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , by his atto, comes &
defends the wrong and injury, when and says
that he is not guilty of the said supposed trespasses, above said to his charge,, or any part
thereof; in manner and form, as the said LabonLabon
hath above thereof complained against him
and of this he puts himself upon the county
and the plaintiff also .

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Rice

LabonLabon

plea

filed Sept 11th 1818

Y. V.

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to AlexanderAlexander Nath
Anthony S BadgelyAnthony Badgely and NathanNathan Mills, Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of
you personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
on the twenty ninth day of Aprilnext being the fourth day of the April term of our said court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein LabonLabon , a BlackmanBlackman who sues,
for his freedom plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price is
defendant on the part of the said plaintiff
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof-and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenteeth day ofFebruary in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty third

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Superior CourtSuperior Court northern circuit
april Term 1819

LabonLabon , a black
man
Risdon HRisdon H Price,


april

NathanNathan Mills,

AlexanderAlexander Nath,

Anthony BadgelyAnthony Badgely

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Served on A. S.
Badgely 5th March 1817 by leaving a
copy at his place
of residence Town
St LouisSt Louis on
Mills 25th March 1819 by giving, him
a copy in town
St LouisSt Louis Alexander
Alexander Nash, not found
in this county

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker Dshff,

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Service 66
non 56
110

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Territory of MissouriMissouri
northern circuit Territory of missouri
northern circuit

The united states of AmericaAmerica to the sheriff of the county of St LouisSt Louis Greeting

.

You are commanded that you attach,NathanNathan Mills and AnthonyAnthony Badgely BadgelyAnthony Badgely , so that, you
have their bodies forthwith, before the judges of our superior court,
and for the northern circuit, at the town of St LouisSt Louis to answer, for
attending the said superior court as witness but then there to be
tried between LabonLabon ,, a free black man and Risdon HRisdon H Price, on a petition for
freedom and certify to our said court

Witness the honorable Silas BentSilas Bent Esquire and presiding judge, of our
said court at St LouisSt Louis the,eight day of May 1819

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The United StatesUnited States

nathan mills
Anthony of Badgely

attachment
forthwith,

Executed by bringing,
the witness,
person into court
may 8th 1819

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service 1.50
travel 5
1.55

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

,
ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to
and his wife, Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
forthwith to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein LabonLabon a Balckman is
plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price is
defendant on the part of the said plaintiff
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof-and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable SilasSilas Bent ,BentSilas Bent
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this tenth day ofMay in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty third

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Laboun, a Black
man

RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

forthwith,

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Served on Mrs Amalin,
at her dwelling, in st
Louis by reading may the 10th 1819

Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin , not found
same day

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service 33
50
83

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to NathanNathan Mills
Alexander NashAlexander Nash and Anthony S BadgelyAnthony Badgely Greeting

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
on the twenty third day of Septembernext being the fourth day of the September term of our said court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein Labour, a BlackmanBlackman is
plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price is
defendant on the part of the said plaintiff
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof--and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twelfth day ofAugust in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served on NathanNathan
Mills & AnthonyAnthony Badgely SAnthony Badgely ,
BadgelyAnthony Badgely 13th Septem 1819
in the Town of St LouisSt Louis
AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash , not
found

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2 services 66
1 50
1.16
Travel 6
$1.22

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SuperiorSuperior Court court Circuit
September Term 1819

Labour a Blackman
Risdon H, Price

subpoena,
23d september

NathanNathan Mills

AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash ,

Anthony BadgelyAnthony Badgely

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin , his wife Greeting

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
on the twenty third day of September next being the fourth day of the September term of our said court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein Laboun a blackman
plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price is
defendant on the part of the said plaintiff
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof--and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this thirteenth day ofAugust in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin , â
his wife by leaving a copy
hereof, at their plan of residence in
the town of St LouisSt Louis on the 10th day of September 1817

John KJohn K Walker . WalkerJohn K Walker Dshff,

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service, 66
travel 6
$.72

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Superior CourtSuperior Court circuit
September Term 1819

Labourue a Black-
man
RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

23d September

Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin ,

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,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to HenryHenry J Peyer â JoshuaJoshua Barton ,BartonJoshua Barton Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, on the twenty third day of September next, being the fourth day of the September term of our said court,
to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein Labour
a BlackmanBlackman who sues for his freedom plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H
HRisdon H , Price defendant on the part of the
said plaintiff and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereof-and
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this fifteenth day ofSeptember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on
JoshuaJoshua Barton ,BartonJoshua Barton in
the town, of St LouisSt Louis
by reading it to him,
15th September 1819.

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Served on H S Peyer, in the town
of St LouisSt Louis20thsept 1819

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service 66
travel 6
72

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Superior CourtSuperior Court N C-
Sept Term 1819

Labour a Blackman

Risdon H Price,

23d sept

H J Peyer,

J. BartonJ Barton

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to WilliamWilliam Smith
SmithWilliam Smith and AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash , Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
forthwith, court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein LabonLabon a BlackmanBlackman
plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price
defendant on the part of the said defendant
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereofâand of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty second day ofSeptember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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Execute this writ on,William SmithWilliam Smith
by reading it to him in the town,
of St LouisSt Louis on the 22nd september 1819AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash , not found

John K WalkerJohn K Walker Dshff,

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service 33
50
$83

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Superior CourtSuperior Court September term 1819

LebanLeban a Black man

RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H Price,

forthwith,

WilliamWilliam Smith SmithWilliam Smith ,

AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash ,

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to DanielDaniel Sullivan
SullivanDaniel Sullivan Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, forthwith,

to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein LabanLaban
a BlackmanBlackman plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H
HRisdon H , Price defendant on the part of the
said plaintiff and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereofâand
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty second day ofSeptember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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SuperiorSuperior Court court september term 1819

LebanLeban a Blackman

Risdon H, Rice

23 september

Daniel SullivanDaniel Sullivan

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Daniel SullivanDaniel Sullivan
not found in my
county 27 th sepetr 1819

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50
travel 6
56
33
5
72
83
83
122
72
116
150
25
20
8.88
155
1043

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Territory of MissouriMissouri
northern circuit


The United StatesUnited States to the sheriff of the county
of St LouisSt Louis Greeting

You are commanded to attach,William SmithWilliam Smith and NathanNathan
Mills before the superior court of our country
of and for the Northern circuit, St LouisSt Louis
to to is not attending as without being
duly summonded in a
and Risden HRisden H , Price is defendant.

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the honorable Silas BentSilas Bent , presiding
judge of our said court this,27th september 1819

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The United StatesUnited States

William SmithWilliam Smith
NathanNathan Mills

Attachment,

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Executed on NathanNathan Mills and
have his body before the court
27th september 1819William SmithWilliam Smith
not found

John KJohn K Walker WalkerJohn K Walker , Dshff,

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Service, 1.30
30
Travel, 5
$165

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Territory of MissouriMissouri
northern circuit


The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the sheriff
of the county of St LouisSt Louis Greeting

.

You are commanded that you Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin , and
his wife you have then forthwith before our Judge of our,
Court of our territory aforesaid at our said court setting for the northern circuit
to to answer, for without attending on the part
of LabanLaban a black man who sues for his freedom summoned
to to that effect,

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Witness the honorable Silas BentSilas Bent , presiding
Judge, of our said court at 28th Sept 1819

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The United StatesUnited States
Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin ,

Attachment
forthwith,

Executed on
Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin , of
have him in court
sick
he brought
28th septr. 1819

C

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Service, 1.
.50
Travel, .05
$ 1.55

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit

, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to DanielDaniel Sullivan
SullivanDaniel Sullivan Greeting

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
forthwith, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein LabanLaban a Black man is
plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price is
defendant on the part of the said defendant
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereofâand of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty sixth day ofSeptember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

LebanLeban a blackman,


Daniel SullivanDaniel Sullivan
D Sullivan not
found

John K WalkerJohn K Walker

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50
travel 6
56

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit.

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to RobertRobert
Bayley, Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, forthwith

to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein LabanLaban
a black man plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H
HRisdon H , Price is defendant on the part of the
said defendant and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereofâand
of this fail not at you peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty ninth day ofSeptember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty fourth

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RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

LebanLeban a black-
man

forthwith,

Robert BaileyRobert Bailey

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Executed on Robert Baily29th september 1819 in the town of St LouisSt Louis

John K WalkerJohn K Walker ,


Dshff,
service 33
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RisdonRisdon H ,HRisdon H . Price,
LebanLeban ( suing, for freedom)
Assault, & Battery

The defendant prays a new trial in this
case,, because the case before the jury,
did not authorize them to by the
question of freedom between the parties

2.Because the court declare that the
plaintiff was authorized to make out
difficult case from that stated, in his
petition, and to have a verdit an
his favor if he made out a right
to freedom to any grounds whatever,.

3. Because the court erred, in not
instructing the jury, that the plaintiff
was not entitled,
to recover in this
form of action upon the case which
he proved before the court.

4. Because the jury, should have
found for the defendant on the
law the proof laid, before them.

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Price,LebanLeban

filed october 4th 1819

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IllinoisIllinois territory of
J. St LouisSt Louis, county

Be it remembered, that on the 23d day of may 1816, personally came before me the subscriber clark of the
county court of the said county Labourne a mulatto, man
aged about twenty four years old, who did, in my presence
agree and determine promise and obligate himself to serve
SimonSimon Vanondelle as a good and faithful servant for the term
of forty years from the date of these presents for the consideration
of thirty dollars: In testimony whereof hath presents set his
hand and seal, this day and year aforesaid

Mark,
of Laboune, this 23d day of may 1816-

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State of IllinoisIllinois St ClairSt Clair, county of

A John clerk of the circuit court
of the said county of hereby certify that the aforesaid, is a true
transcript, on taken from the Record of Inverted servants
page & 44.45

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In testimony whereof I have hereunto, set my,
hand and seal, of said court at Belleville
this ninth, day of November 1819
and of the Independence of the United StateUnited States
of commercial the forty fourth.

John Hay

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State of IllinoisIllinois

first circuit

S. Joseph Phillips Judge of the
circuit court of said county of StSt Clair ClairSt Clair,
certify that the foregoing certificate and
attention, of John Hay Clerk of said court
is in due form of . Given under
my hand this 10th November 1819.

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit.

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to William SmithWilliam Smith
AlexanderAlexander Nash NashAlexander Nash ,Anthony BadgelyAnthony Badgely Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis on the twenty fifth day of April being the second day of the April term of our said court,
to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein LebanLeban
a free man of color plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H
HRisdon H Price, of defendant on the part of the
said plaintiff and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereof-and
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty fourth day ofMarch in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Executed this summons on A. J,. Badgely
in S LouisS Louis3d Apr 1820William SmithWilliam Smith
not found in my county 15th Apr 1820

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33
Est 100
$1.33

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Superior CourtSuperior Court
April term 1820

LebanLeban a free man

RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

25th april

x

WilliamWilliam Smith SmithWilliam Smith ,


x

Alex Nash,


x

AnthonyAnthony Badgely BadgelyAnthony Badgely ,

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit.

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to HenryHenry S Peyer JoshuaJoshua Barton ,BartonJoshua Barton Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, on the twenty fifth day of April next being the second day of the april term of our said court,
to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein LebanLeban
a free man of color is plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H Price,
April is defendant on the part of the
said plaintiff and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereofâand
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executed the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty fifth day ofMarch in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on Joshua, Baston in the
Town of S LouisS Louis13th Apr 1820on H J Peyer, in S LouisS Louis17th Apr 1820

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Service 66 cts
travel 6
72 cts

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Superior CourtSuperior Court N, circuit
April term 1820

LebanLeban a freeman

Risdon Risdon H, Price

25th april

x

HenryHenry S Peyer


x

Baston

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Territory Of MissouriMissouri,
Northern Circuit.

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to Daniel P, Sullivan
Robert BaileyRobert Bailey Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuse and delays being set aside you of you
personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the norther circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, on the twenty fifth day of April next being the second day of the april term of our said court,
to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein LabanLaban
a free man of color is plaintiff and RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H
Price is defendant on the part of the
said plaintiff and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereofâand
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louis is hereby
commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our said court how he
executed the same.

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Witness the Honorable Silas BentSilas Bent ,
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this twenty sixth day ofMarch in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on JosephJoseph . Fancy in
St LouisSt Louis21st Apr 1820 Daniel P. Sullivan
Robert BaileyRobert Bailey not found in my county

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1 service 33 cts
2 ests 1.00
travel 6
$ 1.39

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Superior CourtSuperior Court
April term 1820

LebanLeban a freeman

RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price

25th April

x

D P,SullivanSullivan


x

Robert BaileyRobert Bailey


x

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State of missouri-
judicial District


Be it rememebered that to the in the
third sector of assembly of the state of missouri
entitled the act regulating the proceedings of the Supreme Court -
Joseph Farmer Clerk, of the SuperiorSuperior Court , court of the territory of MissouriMissouri, for
the northern circuit have made, and herewith, certify a complete transcript,
of the minutes, and proceedings had in a certain suit in the said
court, between a certain LebanLeban a person of color, who sues for his freedom
and Risdon HRisdon H Price, In the word and figures following to wit

August Term 1817

September

On Reading â filing, the petition of LebanLeban a free black man held
in slavery by Risdon HRisdon H Price together with the affidavit of Anthony S
Bailey, and on motion, of the the court direct that an
action of trespass, assault & Battery and false imprisonment be instituted,
against the said Risdon HRisdon H Price with the name, of Said LebanLeban and
that the defendant permit the said LabonLabon , to have reasonable
liberty of attending his counsel and that he shall not be taken or
removed out of the jurisdiction of the court nor, be subject, to any severity
because of his application for freedom

The court of of BartonBarton as counsel for the petitioner

April Term 1819

May 8th

and now at the day come the parties, aforesaid by their and
there upon also comes a jury to wit JamesJames Loper LoperJames Loper , John LJohn L Luter, RobertRobert Bailey ,
BaileyRobert Bailey Joseph McKay,WilliamWilliam Decher, HughHugh ONeil,
HenryHenry Waddle,, DavidDavid Wire, George George Blancher, NicholasNicholas Can, â Jake Fanis, good and lawful, men who being duly elected tried, and

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sworn, well and truly to try the issue joined between the parties aforesaid
and having heard part of the evidence the adjourned to-
Monday, the tenth at 10 o'clock

The court adjourned by the of the
Judges

September term 1819

September

and now at this day came the parties aforesaid by their
and thereupon also comes a jury to wit RobertRobert Jones JonesRobert Jones , JamesJames Holland,
Clayborn Thomas Joseph N Reurneax, Scott F Tossi, John S Russell,SamuelSamuel Slomor, JordanJordan Radford, Joseph James, James,
Berry and twelve good and lawful men who being
duly elected tried, and sworn, well and truly to try the issue joined, between
the parties aforesaid upon their oaths, that the said defendant
Risdon HRisdon H Price is guilty of the promises said to his charge in the declara-
tion aforesaid of him the said LebanLeban Therefore it is considered by the
court before the judges of the said court that the said LebanLeban be liberated,
from the said RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H , Price and all persons claiming by person, or under
him

October 4th

And now at this day comes the said Risdon HRisdon H Price by his,
attorneys, and moves, a new trial, upon the verdict aforesaid was, aforesaid
enclosed,.

April Term 1820

May 6th

On motion for a new trial,

The court after hearing the reasons in support of, said motion, and
mature liberation, action there upon, had, overrule, the said motion,

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May 18th

On reading and filing the affidavit of the defendant and on motion
of mrBartonBarton for the said defendant the court and the order, had
on the motion, for a new trial move at the last term -case continued,

Which said on the together with all the other are
by me sent to the clerk, of the circuit court for the county of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis,

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In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my, hand
and affixed the seal of the SuperiorSuperior Court court, aforesaid
at St LouisSt Louistwentieth day of march 1812

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Clerk in the $22.63

76
52
certificate 58
$ 84.55

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LebanLeban a free man
of color

Risdon HRisdon H Price

transcript,

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Risdon HRisdon H . Price
ads
LebanLeban a black
man
In the superior court

Risdon HRisdon H . Price the defen-
dant in this cause, requests
this honourable court to grant,
a new, trial & states upon oath,
the following reason; that at the former trial
he was necessarily, prevented from introduci
ing the articles of indenture critical, into of record, mention between
him of the said LabonLabon that the said inden-
tures had been duly deposited with the
clerk of the court for the county of StSt Clair.
ClairSt Clair, in the then territory of IllinoisIllinois,
that this affiant in reasonable time
sent to the said clerk for them and,
ex-pected they would have been forwarded
but, within a few days before the trial
this affiant was informed that no such
instrument could be found in the said
office; that after that time untill the former
trial this affiant have not time opportu-
nity to go personally and examine, for the
said papers,
but since time that time he has
been able to promise them, it is informed
& by his counsel that they are of material

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importance for him in his defence this
affiant further states that the reason they
were not produced at the former trial
was a mistake in the clerk at the said
office â was not owing to any neglect
or inattention of this affiant.

RisdonRisdon H HRisdon H Price,

Sworn, to â subscribed this,
6th may 1820 before me

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We all the jurors, find that the
plaintiff is free.

P M Guyol foreman,

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