Matilda, a free woman of color v. Charles St. Vrain
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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

SarahSarah the mother of the
within named peti[ lioner ] being
Sworn says thats she has heard the within
Petition read & She that the facts in
the Said Petition stated are true as regards
the birth & residence of said MatildaMatilda &
She knows thats said CharlesCharles holds
said MatildaMatilda in servitude & beleives that
said MatildaMatilda is entitled to her freedom
Sworn & Subscribed
1830

SarahSarah

x

Mark
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I WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of the Circuits Court
for the third Judicial district and state of
MissouriMissouri do order that the above named
petitionerMatildaMatilda be permitted to sue as a
poor person to Establish her freedom & I do [ asign ]
Gustavus a BirdBird as her counsel to commence
& prosecute her said suit for freedom
and I do moreover order that the said
MatildaMatilda shall have reasonable liberty of
attending the court and her counsel when
occasion may require, and that Said
MatildaMatilda shall not be taken or removed out of the
Jurisdiction of the court nor be subject to
any severity because of her application
for freedom November 4th 1830

WillWill : C. CarrCarr


judge of 3 CircuitsCircuit Court -
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In the HonorableWilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge
of the Circuits Courts third Judicial CircuitsCircuit Court
& State of MissouriMissouri

Your PetitionerMatildaMatilda an
Infant under twenty one years represents that
She is a person of colour & entitled to her
freedom but She is held in Slavery by Mr
CharlesCharles in the County of St louis
your Petitioner was born of a fine woman
by the name of SarahSarah on the 16th day of March AD 1810- about four miles from
Edwardsville in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois
in which State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois your petitioner has
resided[ untill ]about Ten months past
when she was brought to the State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
by Said who now holds your
Petitioner in Slavery and in
St Louis County your Petitioner prays
that she may be permitted to sue as a
poor person to Establish her freedom
that counsels may be asigned to
her that her mother SarahSarah may
be appointed her focussed to commence
& prosecute her suit & that such
order may be made for her personal
Security as her case requires & the
Law provides

MatildaMatilda

x

Mark
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No 58 March term 1831
MatildaMatilda
vs
CharlesCharles .

Petition

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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
The State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of StLouis County Greeting-

We command you to summon CharlesCharles St. Vrain that he be and
appear before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court at the next-
term thereof to be here at the city of StLouisSt Louis within and
for the county of StLouisSt Louis on the fourth monday of March
instant- then and there to answer unto MatildaMatilda a woman
of color ( who sues by SarahSarah a free woman, her next friend.)
of a plea of [ trespap ][ apault ]& Battery & false imprisonment
to the damage of said plaintiff of three hundred dollars. and
have you then there this writ--

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archibald clerk of our
said court at office the 9th day of march 1831

Archibald Gambler

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I WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the third Judi
-cialCircuit district and State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri do order that the above
named petitioner MatildaMatilda be permitted to sue as a poor person to
establish her freedom & I do [ asign ]Gustavus A BirdGustavus A Bird as her counsel
to commence and prosecute her said Suit for freedom and I do
moreover order that the said MatildaMatilda shall have reasonable liberty
of attending the Court and her counsel when occasion may require
and that said MatildaMatilda shall not be taken or removed out of the Juris
-diction of the court nor be subject to any severity because of her appli
-cation for freedom November 4th 1830

Signed - WillWill .C.CarrCarr


Judge of 3rd. Circuit
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not executed for want of time
13th March 1831

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No. 58.

March Term 1831-
StLouisSt Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

MatildaMatilda woman of
Color by SarahSarah

vs
CharlesCharles

This is an action of
[ asault ] & Battery & false
Imprisonment for
freedom to Damages
$300 The Clerk of
St. LouisSt LouisCircuit court

summons to

filed9th. March 1831-

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State of MissouriMissouriCircuit CourtCircuit Court third Judicial
March Term 1831

St Louis County [ fo ]-MatildaMatilda a woman of color who by SarahSarah
her mother & next friend a free woman of color
complains of Charles St of a plea of
[ trespap asault ] & Battery & false imprisonment for
thatwhereashere to on the first day
of October in the year of eighteen hundred &
Thirty at St. LouisSt Louis said County the said Defendant
the force & arms made an [ asault ] upon the
said plaintiff & then & there beat bruised wounded
& ill-treated the said plaintiff & then & there falsely
imprisoned the said plaintiff & kept & detained
the said plaintiff in prison there for a long
space of time to from the day last aforesaid
to the time of the commencement of this said
and the said plaintiff that before & at the
time of the committing the said grievances She
was & still is a free person & the said
Defendant kept & detained & still keeps
& detains her in slavery wherefrom she says
She is greatly injured & hath sustained Damages
to to Three hundred Dollars therefore she sues to

GA BirdGA Bird

for