Tenor Washington vs. John Scott, Henry Scott, Jeremiah Johnson
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To the honorable WilliamWilliam C.CampbellCampbell
of the circuit court of St Louis County

Your petitioner to wash
a woman of color to your that she was here
in the state of VirginiaVirginia that she was
bought to the city of St LouisSt Louis and state
of MissouriMissouri about two years since by over
Gill and sold to HenryHenry Scott
ScottHenry Scott , that by and with was not of
the said HenryHenry your petitioner was
is his city of St LouisSt Louis
and to a
state of where she
with the said
twelve months or that a
the said and
to St LouisSt Louis county to aside and bought
with him when she has
this that the saw
being to
St LouisSt Louis is now
by over John is now
by John the of HenryHenry scott.

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slave the said about
to store to IllinoisIllinois your
facts her
to freedom prays to her
to institute to
for eight to and that
never well not order as the
to her the
said is

Tenor her mark WashingtonWashington

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St Louis County to wit

This day a woman
of color personally appeared before
a of the prace in and for the
aforesaid and nofe oath being first duly
that the facts in the above
to the part of her
and

Sworn to and Subscribed
before me this 15th day of November AD. 1831
Justices of the peace
St Louis County

her mark WashingtonWashington

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State of MissouriMissouri
Circuit to wit

It is hereby ordered that WashingtonWashington on
the foregoing petition be permitted to sue as a poor
person to establish her right to freedom and George
F. Shetter is assigned as her counsel. It is furthermore
ordered that said petitioner, have
reasonable liberty of attending her counsel whenever
it may be necessary that she be not subjected to any severity on account of her application
to institute this suit and that she be not
removed out of the jurisdiction of this court

Given under my hand this 16th of November 1831

WillWill . C. CarrCarr
Judge 3 circuit

To the Clerk of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court . St. LouisSt Louis
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No 1

March Term 1832


petitionfor
permission to suefor
freedom

Filed 16 November 1831

A gamble Clerk

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In the circuit court of St LouisSt Louis county
toMarch Term 1832

St LouisSt Louis county to wit WashingtonWashington a
woman of color who by of
court complains of Henry ScottHenry Scott . John ScottJohn Scott
and JeremiahJeremiah Johnson JohnsonJeremiah Johnson of a plea of trespass
forthat the said Henry ScottHenry Scott , John ScottJohn Scott
and Jeremiah Johns on a the first day of November in the year of our Lord 1831
with force and arms made an assaultupon
the said WashingtonWashington to wit at the
county of St LouisSt Louis aforsaid and then and
there beat and her the said
and than and there a
her the said WashingtonWashington
and left and detained her in prison there
withoutany reasonable or probablecause
whatsoever for a long term to wit for the space
of fifteen days then next following contrary to
the laws of the county and against the will
of the said WashingtonWashington and the said
WashingtonWashington that and at the
him of the aforesaid gave

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^C0^was and still is a free person and that the
defendants HenryHenry Scott ScottHenry Scott ,JohnJohn Scott ScottJohn Scott and Jere
miah then held and obtained and still holds
and obtains her in slavery and other ways
to the plaintiff then and there did against
of the state and to the damage of
the said plaintiff $ 500 and therefore
for

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Tenor Washignton
vsJohn ScottJohn Scott & others

This is an action of
trespass for freedom
the will

Filed 16th November 1831

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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The State of MissouriMissouri
County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis ss.

To the Sheriff of the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis Greeting

We command you to summon Henry ScottHenry Scott , John ScottJohn Scott and
Jeremiah JohnsonJeremiah Johnson that they be and appear before the Judge of our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next March Term thereof to be held at the CityCity of St Louis
of St LouisCity of St Louis within and for the county of Saint LouisSt Louis on the fourth Monday
of March next then and there to answer unto Tenor WashingtonWashington a
woman of color who sues by permission of court of a plea of trespass
to the damage of the said plaintiff Five Hundred dollars and have
you then there this writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said
Circuit court at Office this Sixteenth day of November One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it and the declaration
to Henry ScottHenry Scott & reading to him the
copy of the order of court 3rd Circuit in the
city of St LouisSt Louis on the 12th day of January 1832
John ScottJohn Scott & JeremiahJeremiah Johnson JohnsonJeremiah Johnson not found in
my county

John K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff
by JJames Brotherton .BrothertonJames Brotherton

100 Znq- 100 $ 2.00
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State of MissouriMissouri, Third Judicial Circuit - To wit, -

It is hereby ordered that Tenor WashingtonWashington
on the foregoing petition be permitted to sue as a poor person to establish her right to freedom
and GeorgeGeorge F Strother FGeorge F Strother StrotherGeorge F Strother is a assigned as her counsel- it is furthermore ordered that said
petitioner have reasonable liberty of attending her counsel whenever it may be necessary, that
she be not subjected to any severity on account of her application to institute this suit
and that she be not removed out of the Juridiction of this Court

Given under my Hand
this 16th of November 1831

WillWill C CarrCarr Judge 3. Circuit

A True copy of the order of the Judge

A GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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No 1

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1832

Tenor Wshington
vsHenry ScottHenry Scott - John ScottJohn Scott
and JeremiahJeremiah Johnson JohnsonJeremiah Johnson

This is an action of trespass for freedom

Read to H Scott 12th Jany

Filed 16th November 1831

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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State of MissouriMissouri Third Judicial Circuit court to wit, It is hereby ordered that to

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Henry ScottHenry Scott
adsTenor WashingtonWashington

And now at this day
comes the said Henry ScottHenry Scott by his attorney
and defends the force & injury when & c &
Says that he is not guilty of the said
Supposed trespassassault & Battery & false
imprisonment in manner & form as the
said plaintiff hath above in declaring
alleged & of this he puts himself upon
the Country & c

filed April 29 1832

BentBent for deft
A g Clk

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Book 6 page 373

ArchArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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No 1

March Term 1832

HenryHenry Scott ScottHenry Scott

Tenor WashingtonWashington
plea not quilty

filed April 27th 1832

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk