Francois LaGrange vs. Bernard Pratt, Pierre Chouteau Jr.,John P. Cabanne, Bartholomew Berthold, B. Pratt & Co.
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No 29

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1826

Petition of
FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ]
Alias IsadoreIsadore
vs
Barthold

filed 8 March 1827

A GambleArchibald Gamble clk

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To WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Esquire Judge of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court St. Louis County.

The petition of FrancisFrancis La Grange [ Francis La GrangeLa Grange ]alias IsidoreIsidore
a free man of Color, humbly Sheweth, That your
petitioner was born in St LouisSt Louis upper Louis iana now the State of MissouriMissouri, of black
Parents, and that sometime in the year eighteen hundred and fifteen Pascal Carrs who owned
your petitioner since his infancy sold him to
Pierre MenardPierre Menard of KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the StateIllinois
of IllinoisIllinois, by whom he was removed to Kaskia,
and retained at his house for two or
three months and afterwards said PierrePierre surely your
petitioner, on board of a boat, bound for New
OrleansOrleans, to serve as a hand, that your petitioner
was absent from KaskaskiaKaskaskia five or six month
on said voyage, and That upon his return he was
again retained by said PierrePierre at his house, for
some two or three months, when he was sent to
St. LouisSt Louis and sold to PrattePratte , , ChouteauChouteau ,
and , who now hold your petitioner
in bondage as a Slave, Contrary to the laws
of this land, In tender consideration whereof
your petitioner humbly prays your honor to be
permitted to institute suit in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for his freedom, and that he may be permitted
to sue as a poor person, and that your honor
would make such other and farther order in
this behalf as shall be deemed by your
honor and your petitioner will pray

FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ] alias IsidoreIsidore
X

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Upon view of the within petition it is hereby
ordered that said Francis[ LaGrange ] alias IsidoreIsidore
be permitted to institute suit as a poor person
to his freedom and Joseph Charles Jr is as
signed him as counsel-

And it is further ordered, that said petition
& have reasonable liberty to attend his counsel
and the court when occasion may require &
that said petitioner shall not be taken or moved
out of the Jurisdiction of the Court nor be subject
to any severity because of his application for free
dom.

March 8 1827.

WillWill . C

Judge 3 Circuit
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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louis of St. Louis
St. LouisCounty St Louis Circuit Court
March from 1827

Francais [ La Grange ] alias IsidoreIsidore
a free man of Colour, who is permitted by the
by his next friend as a poor person
by his attorney complains of Bernard PrattBernard Pratte
PierreChauteau Jr Bertholomew and
John PJohn P Cabanne . CabanneJohn P Cabanne doing business under the
style & firm of B. PratteB Pratte of a plea
of trespass on the case For that whereas
heretofore, on the first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, with force and
the city of St. LouisSt Louis, unlawfully and
and upon the body of said
IsidoreIsidore , and then and then, did bruise and
ill treat him said [ IsadoreIsadore ], and then and there
imprisoned him said John[ Isadore ], and kept and
detained him said [ IsadoreIsadore ] in prison, and state
keeps and detained him in prison without any
reasonable or just cause whatsoever, contrary to
the laws of this State, and the said defendant
other wrongs then and there did to him said
[ IsadoreIsadore ] against the peace and dignity of the State,
wherefore said IsadoreIsadore says he is inspired by said
defendants and hath sustained damages to the
amount of seven hundred dollars and therefore
he sues &

CharlesCharles Atty for
plaintiff

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
Ss

The State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis set

To the Sheriff of St Louis County Greeting:

The command you to sommon Bernard PratteBernard Pratte , PierrePierre Chouteau Jr Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr
BarthelomewBerthold and John P. Cabanné that they be and appear
before the Judge of our Cricuit Court at the next term thereof to be held at
the City of St LouisCity of St Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the fourth
Monday of March instant then and there to answer to FrancoisFrancois La Grange LaFrancois La Grange -
-GrangeFrancois La Grange aliasIsadoreIsadore of a plea of trespass on the case to the damage of
the said IsadoreIsadore Seven hundred dollars and have you then there
this writ

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Witness ArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said
Court at office this Eighth day of March in the Year 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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No. 29

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1827

FrancisFrancis La Grange [ Francis La GrangeLa Grange ] alias
IsadoreIsadore a free man of Color
vsB. PratteB Pratte

Narr.

Filed March 8th 1827

Arch GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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of the petition of is hereby ordered that
FrancisFrancis La Grange [ Francis La GrangeLa Grange ]alias IsadoreIsadore be permitted to
his freedom

And it is further that
have reasonable liberty to attend his counsel and
the Court when occasion may require & that said
petitioner shall not be taken or removed out of the
jurisdiction of the law nor be subject to any
severity because of his application for freedom.

March 8th 1827

WillWill C. Carre Judge 3. Circuit

A Copy AArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble Clk
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Executed this writ on Bernard PrattBernard Pratte March 8th 1827 in
the city of St LouisSt Louis, by giving the writ and declaration to him to
and his acknowledging the service thereof. On

decleration & order, at his place of abode with his wife, a free white
person above the age of fifteen years and a member of the family
and on PierrePierre Chouteau Jr Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr on the same day by having a true & attested
Copy of the writ decleration and Order at his usual place of abode
in the city of St LouisSt Louis with Mrs Jarpy wife of John B SarpyJohn B Sarpy Esq
the being a free white person above the age of fifteen years.

John P. CabanneJohn P Cabanne is not to be found in my County March 10th 1827

R SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff
By JnoJohn Simonds Jr Simonds JrJohn Simonds Jr Dp Sherriff

Service $ 3.00
Non Est. 0.50
$3.50
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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
alias IsadoreIsadore
vs
B PratteB Pratte

and the said BernardBernard
by GeyerGeyer his attorney comes & defends
the force and injury when &c and
says that he is guilty of the trespass
assault battery and false impri
sonment in declaration mentioned
in manner and form as the plaintiff
above thereof complained against
him and of this he puts himself upon
the country &c

GeyerGeyer for defs

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And the said Bertholomew also by
GeyerGeyer has attorney comes & defends the
force and injury when &c, and says
that he is not guilty of the greivances
in the declaration complained of
in manner & form as the plaintiff
hath above alleged & of this he prays
may be inquired of by the county

GeyerGeyer for defs

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And the said PierrePierre by GeyerGeyer his attorney also
comes & defends the force & injury when and so
forth & says that he is not guilty of the said
supposed trespass & imprisonment in the
declaration mentioned in manner & form
as the plaintiff hath above there of complained

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against him & of this he puts himself upon
the county &

GeyerGeyer for dfs

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FrancoisFrancois
vs
B. PratteB Pratte
& al

filed March 27th 1827

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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FrancoisFrancois a colored man
vs
Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Junr

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Take notice that on Monday the
16th, instant between the hours of six a clock in the
forenoon & eight a clock in the afternoon i the
office of Douey Breese Esq. District attorney of the
U. StatesUnited States, in the Town of Kankaskia, State of Illi
nois, I shall proved to take the depositions of
to the the trial of the above case on behalf
of the defendant.

July 9th, 1827

Pierre Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr

To FrancoisFrancois plaintiff
as above
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FrancoisFrancois
vs.
P. Chouteau JrChouteau Jr

Iacknowledge
of the

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Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jnr

In notice that on Monday the 16th day of July in between
the Hours of eight in the morning and six in the
afternoon in the office of himby
attorney of the states in the town of Kaskaskis
that of IllinoisIllinois of deportions of will be taken
to be in on the of the now
pending with Circuit Court of the Country of St. LouisSt Louis
in which FrancoisFrancois a colour man is plantiff
and your an defendant

July 9th 1827 St LouisSt Louis

attorney for Francois
[ Ja ] colour man
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St LouisSt Louis
colour man
Pierre Chouteu Jnr

Notice of

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Acopy of the written notice was delivered by me
to Pierre Choutau Jr. on the 9th July 1827

R SimpsonR Simpson Shf

Service $ 50
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To The Sheriff Of Saint LouisSt Louis County....Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to Summon PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the seventh day of August at the City ofCity of St Louis
St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending
in our said court, wherein FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ] alias IsadoreIsadore is â plaintiff, and Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau Junior
defendant, on the part of the plaintiff, and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 14th day ofJune in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hun-dred and twenty seven

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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July 1827

FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ]
alias Isadors
vs
P Chouteau JrChouteau Jr .

for PascalPascal Cerre CerréPascal Cerre

for Plaintiff

August 7th

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Executed this writ on Pascal L. Cerré July 23rd 1827

JnoJohn Simonds Jr Simonds JrJohn Simonds Jr Dp. Sheriff

Service $ 0.50
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Fiancois Grange
a coloured man
vs
Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun

St LouisSt LouisNov 5th 1827

MrPierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun

notice that in the twentieth and twenty five days of novemberfun between the hours of
nine in the afternoon and five in the afternoon of said
days at the office of coming
of the named state in the town of Kaskuskia state
of IllinoisIllinois the of witnesses will be taken to be
that in evidence on behalf of the plaintiff in the
with Circuit Court of the court
of St LouisSt Louisin which you an and
FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ] a coloured man
is plantiff

attn plantiff
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FrancoisFrancois
vs
P. ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun

Notice
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Served a copy of the within notice on
Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Nov 5th 1827 in the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis

JnJohn Simonds Jr SimondsJohn Simonds Jr JrJohn Simonds Jr Dp. Sheriff

Service $0.50
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FrancoisFrancois
a coloured Man
vs
Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun

In St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

St LouisSt LouisNov 6 1827

FrancoisFrancois the above named of lawfully & his counsel
will take notice that on the twenty record and twenty third days respectively of Novemberinstant between
the hours of eight of the forenoon and six of the
afternoon of said days at the office of the clerk
of the circuit court of the county of RandolphRandolph in the state
of IllinoisIllinois depositions of witness will be taken
to be read in my behalf at the trial of the
above cause

Pierre Choteau Jn by
GeyerGeyer his attoy

To FrancoisFrancois the Plantiff
& Luke
George F Shother attornies for plff
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A copy of the within notice was delivered to Luke
A Lawless Nov 8th 1827 and also a copy delivered to
FrancoisFrancois .

Nov. 10 1827.

RSimpson Shf

Service $ 1.00
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FrancoisFrancois
vs
ChouteauChouteau

Notice to be served
on FrancoisFrancois LawlessLawless
& Shother â

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
The State of MissouriMissouri,

To The Sheriff Of Saint LouisSt Louis County--Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Francis Chouteau & Mrs F Chouteau
that, setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the third day of December, at the city of St. LouisSt Louis,
then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in our
said Court, wherein FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ] alias IsadoreIsadore is plaintiff,
and Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau Junior is â defendant,
on the part of the plaintiff; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this fourteenth day ofNovember in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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November 1827

F Lagrange alias IsadoreIsadore
vs
P. Chouteau JrChouteau Jr
for my
x P. ChouteauPierre Chouteau 15
x & wife

for plff
3 Decb.

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Executed this writ on Francis Choteau & wife
Nov 15 1827 by Monday to there the same

Service $ 1.00

R SimpsonR Simpson Shff

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
The State of MissouriMissouri,

To The Sheriff Of Saint LouisSt Louis County-Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Pascal CorréPascal Cerre
that, setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the Third day of December, at the city of St. LouisSt Louis,
then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our
said Court, wherein FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ] alias IsadoreIsadore is plaintiff,
and Peter ChouteauPierre Chouteau Junior is defendant,
on the part of the plaintiff; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this Sixth day ofOctober in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty Seven

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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Execution this writ on Pascal [ Corre ]Nov 19, 1827by Monday to him the same

R SimpsonR Simpson Shiff

Service $ 50
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November 1827

FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
alias IsadoreIsadore
vs
P Chonteau Jr.

for Pascal CorréPascal Cerre
for plaintiff

3rd December

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
The State of MissouriMissouri,

To The Sheriff Of St Louis County--Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Pascal Corre and Bartholomew
Berthold
that, setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circut CourtCircuit Court , on the 3rd day of December, at the city of St. LouisSt Louis,
then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our
said Court, wherein FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ] alias IsadoreIsadore is plaintiff,
and Pierre Chonteau Junior is defendant,
on the part of the defendant; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this Eleventh day ofOctober in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty Seven Clerk C. C.
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November 1827

F LaGrange alias IsadoreIsadore
vsPierre Chouteau JrPierre Chouteau Jr

a for
x Pascal CorréPascal Cerre
15
x Bart Berthold 17
for defendant

3 Dec.

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Executed this writ on B Berthola Nov 17 on PascalPascal Cerre
CorréPascal Cerre Nov 19th 1827 by Monday to them the same

RR Simpson SimpsonR Simpson Shf

Service $1.00
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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
IsadoreIsadore
vs
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau

on behalf of said plaintiff a
trial for the

in said case in
County to St LouisSt LouisDorinda

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Francis[ Lagrange ]
P.Chouteau

filed Decr 8th 1827

A. GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
alias IsadoreIsadore a
coloured man
V
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau

Be it remembered that on the trial of the
joined in said cause the plaintiff by his wit
nesses proved as follows to wit by the witness PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre
he proved that said said PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre in the year 1816 was
owner of the plaintiff who was slave of said Corré that
said Corrédetained of selling said plaintiff that
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jun the said Defendant wished to purchase
said slave that said PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre declined selling said
said slave to said Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau because he Corré
wished to sell him to some person who would take
said slave away from, Corré that
of the state of Illonois and at Kaskakia in said
state proposedpurchasing said slave from said Corré
to which said Corréagreed and accordingly for the
sum of five hundred dollars which was paid to
by said person and him said
slave By the said the two said plaintiff
proved that the said (her that the PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre about the month
of september 1816named as author by by a city of Illionois on defendant of
Kaskakia said take and slave FrancoisFrancois from
PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre for the sum of five hundred dollars that
said prison did note when he purchased said
slave want said slave for his own use and was
well aware that he could not hold said FrancoisFrancois
in slavery in the state of IllinoisIllinois that he said
purchased said slave in names of an

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agreement an understanding between him said mentioned and said PierrePierre Chouteau
ChouteauPierre Chouteau that the underlanding betwen said men and
and said Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau was that the slave was
to be delevered to said ChouteauChouteau at any time within
six[ n ] seven months provided said ChouteauChouteau should
lay said MenardMenard the prea wheel he gave Corré
for said plaintiff that shortly after the sale said
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau applied to said MenardMenard to transfer
the negro to him ChouteauChouteau as had him recently
agreed between them that MenardMenard refused to do so
at this term for the on that he had bought
the slave from Corré in correction of recovering him
from St LouisSt Louis and that it was that he should
remove the slave from St LouisSt Louis in order to make Corré
believe that it was his (Menard's) intention so to
do when he bought the said slave from Corré
that shortly after the purchase of said plantiff said
MenardMenard removed him from St LouisSt Louis and sent him
to the main a la in the state of MissouriMissouri that
said MenardMenard employed and plaintiff at men a la
for some time and then sent him to Kas Kas Kis
for the purpose of sending him as a hand on board
of a keel boat to New OrleansOrleans that said plaintiff
removed about two days at the Kas Kas Kis and was
the part in said keel boat to New OrleansOrleans That
said plaintiff returned in same boat to Kas Kas Kis
about the last of march 1817 and remained at that

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plan eight or nine days and then was sent in
akeel boat to St. LouisSt Louis that on the return of said
plaintiff for saint Louis in said keel boat said
MenardMenard sent him after a four days at Kas Kas
Kia to the swamp in MissouriMissouri where he remained
about three weeks and then returned to Kas Kas Kia
and was from there immediately sent to St LouisSt Louis
and delivered up to said PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau in
of the an between said
PierrePierre and said MenardMenard that the delivery of said
plaintiff to said PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau took place about
the month of June 1817 The said Defendant then
on his behalf read in evidence the following depositions
to and the deposition of one Francois MenardFrancois Menard which
is in the words and figures following to witFrancoisFrancois Menard
MenardFrancois Menard of lawful age being produced owner and examiner
& (here set out Deposition as read) and as a the Deposition
of our Baptist which is in the wards &
following (here said our Daines deposition)
further wondered offer in said cause the
Counsel for the plantiff moved the court to
the Jury as follows there set out the
which in the said court
refused to give to which refusal and
said plantiff by his Counsel and tend,
his bill of exception which is signed by the Judge aforesaid

WillWill . C. CarrCarr

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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLa Grange ]
alias Isadore
Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jr JrPierre Chouteau Jr
Bill of Exceptions

Filed 20th December 1827

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Pierre MenardPierre Menard stated he was not interested in this
wit at the of might seen that he was - that some
time in the year 1816PascalPascal Cerre CorréPascal Cerre applied to him
to purchase a negro man (the plaintiff) which he said
[ Core ] wished to sell, that he replied to said [ Core ]
he could not purchase as he W.[ Core ] knew
the witness resided at KaskaskiaKaskaskia in
the state of IllinoisIllinois where slavery was not toler
rated. Some time afterwards understanding
WPeterPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jr. the defendant wished to
purchase a slave he informed him that W Cere had
one for sale - to which W Chouteau replied W Cere
would not sell him the slave because he was desi
rous to sell him the some one who did not reside in
the town of of St. LouisSt Louis. It was suggested by M.
Berthold that he M Menard could buy the slave
for W. Chouteau; but the witness objected to this
as it would not be treating his friend M. Cere
correctly. He however agreed to buy
said slave for M. Chouteau and take him
down the river and keep him there some
months (perhaps five or six) and there deliver
him to the defendant, that he accordingly
bought the slave paid said Cere 500 $ for him took him to the in
MissouriMissouri and delivered him to M Valle to go
to work at Mine La Motta with some other
hands - that sometime afterwards he sent
from said to Kaskaskaia where he was
part on board a keelboat as [ ahand ] and
remaining there about two days went to New
OrleansOrleans and returned about 30 March 1817 as [ ahand ] in said boat
to KaskaskiaKaskaskia where he remained a few days
for the purpose of unloading the boat, that he
was there sent in the sent to the by swamp in Cape
County and after remaining there five or six
weeks returned on the boat to Kaskaskiaa & after two or three days
he was sent to St LouisSt Louis & delivered to the deft
where

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he has remained since. The witness repeated
that he bought the slave for defendant and
not for himself. The witness further said M.
Chouteau returned him the $500 where be
said the slave to him - He also stated
he never bought him with any intention
of keeping him or making KaskaskiaKaskaskia his
place of residence-

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FrancoisFrancois La Grange [ Francois La GrangeLagrange ]
PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau

The counsel for the plaintiff prays the
followers to the jury

1 that of this the jury shall be of opinion this the plaintiff
in the state of IllinoisIllinois with the person
who and who was a resident of said state
that this for the plaintiff
refused

2 That the right of the plaintiff to his freedom
is with to any a under
standing between the person who purchased and
bought him to IllinoisIllinois and any other person
refused

3 That is the jury shall be of this the
plaintiff from any lawfully a resident of
of the state IllinoisIllinois and in the therein of
a of this and plaintiff this shall a
given

4 that of the Jury shall be of opinion that the plaintiff
was said by by a wherein of the state of
MissouriMissouri to a of the state of IllinoisIllinois
and to said purchased
the sent and is between said purchaser and
person shall the of the plaintiff
same to his of residence in the state of IllinoisIllinois
refused, because no proved

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The court instructed the jury that if
they believed the plaintiff was bought
by Col Mernard for his own use &
to IllinoisIllinois& Reps there with the in
to make that his the slaves permanent
place of residence, they ought to
for the plf.

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