Matilda, a woman of color vs. Elijah Mitchel
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To the honorableWilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr judge of the
circuit court of St. Louis County

Your petitioner uponwhom of whom MatildaMatilda
to from that about two years since
she obtained her right to freedom by a judgment
of the court written
that that lives to this she has resided
in the state of IllinoisIllinois and to be
and a free woman that on this
day there 22 day of May in the year 1832
she was thus by the said state of
IllinoisIllinois and is now held by force and detained
as a slave in the county of St LouisSt Louis by oneElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel and
this his your petitioner therefore
prays that she may be permitted to sue
as poorpersons to establish her right
to freedom, and she will everpraythus
and your petitioner further states that the
above ElijahElijah and Maxarenow
her or their of the Impossible the of her of that
jurisdiction of this court by
MatildaMatilda

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The within named petitioner is allowed to sue
for the purpose of establishing her right to free
-dom. The clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for
St. LouisSt Louis will issue a writ agreeably to the
statute in such cases made & provided
& it is hereby ordered that said MatildaMatilda
have reasonable liberty of attending her
counsel & the Court whenever occasion
may require - that she be not subjected
to any severity on account of her application
for freedom nor be removed out out of the jurisdiction of the court-

Given under my hand at my
ChambersChambers this22 May 1832

WillWill C. CarrCarr
Judge 3 Circuit

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No 46

July Term 1832

Petition for freedom
to sue

MatildaMatilda
vs
Elijah MitchelElijah Mitchel

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St LouisCircuit Court Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1832

St Louis County to wit MatildaMatilda a
woman of color who sues by permission
of the court complains of ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel
of a plea of trespass for that the said
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel on the 22nd day of May in the year 1832made an assault
upon the said MatildaMatilda to wit at the
county of st Louis and then and there
beat bruised and ill treated the said
MatildaMatilda and then and there imprisoned
the said MatildaMatilda and kept and detained
herinprison there without any probable
or reasonablecausewhatsoeverforalong
space of time to wit for the space of 12
hoursnextfollowingcontrary to law and

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against the will of the said MatildaMatilda
and the said MatildaMatilda avers that before
and at the time of the committing of the
above grievances she was and still is a
free person and that the defendant then
and detainedherinslavery and still holds her in
and detains her in slavery
and other wrongs to the said MatildaMatilda
then and there did against the
force of the state and to the damage
of the plaintiff $ 500 and therefore she
bringssuit

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The State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty Saint Louis of SaintCounty Saint Louis LouisCounty Saint Louis

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

We command you to Summon ElijahElijah Mitchell MitchellElijah Mitchell that he be and
appear before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court on the first day of the
next July term thereof to be held at the city of St LouisSt Louis within and
for the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the fourth monday of July

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next then and there to answer unto MatildaMatilda a woman of Color who
sues by permission of the court of a plea of trespass to the damage of the
plaintiff five hundred dollars and have you then there this writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at Office this Twenty third day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and thirty two

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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The within named petitioner is allowed to sue for the purpose of establishing her
right to freedom. The Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for St. LouisSt Louis will issue a writ
agreeably to the statute in such cases made & & it is hereby ordered
that said MatildaMatilda have reasonable liberty of attending her counsel & the court
whenever occasion may require that she be not subjected to any severity on
account of her application for freedom nor be removed out of the jurisdiction
of the court - Given under my hand at my chamber this 22 May 1832

WillWill C. CarrCarr Judge 3. Circuit

A True copy of the order of the judge

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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No. 47

JeffersonJefferson
Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1832

MatildaMatilda a woman
of Color
vs
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel

This is an action of
assault and battery &
false imprisonment
His clerk will

Filed 23rd, May 1832

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Filed May 26th 1832
C SmithSmith Clerk