Samuel Slaughter
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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Pet.
The State of MissouriMissouri

To JohnJohn Hempstead HempsteadJohn Hempstead Jailor of
the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis.....Greeting.

Whereas it has been represented to the
Honorable AlexanderAlexander Hamilton HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge of the St LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on behalf of SamuelSamuel Slaughter Negro inand by
a Petition Verified by affidavit and filed in said Court
that he is illegally restrained of his liberty by you, under a
CommitmentofLibertyWaiteWaite Justice of the Peace in saidcity
and Whereas it has been ordered by said Court upon the said
petition that a Writ of HabeasCorpus should issue here
in Now therefore we Command you to the
body of the said SamuelSamuel Slaughter together with
the time and cause of his detention before the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on to Morrow the Twenty third day of November
then and there to do and
what shall then and there be consideredconcerning
him and herein you are in no wise to fail

WilliamWilliam J Hammond J. HammondWilliam J Hammond
Clerk of said Court with the Seal
there of here to affixed at office
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis this Twenty Second day of November 1834

WmWilliam J Hammond JWilliam J Hammond .HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

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Nov. T. 1854, HabeasCorpus24 p. 329. Discharged 24p 340

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No 253.

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1854

In the matter of
SamuelSamuel Slaughter Negro

V
Issued 22nd Nov 1854
WmWilliam J Hammond JWilliam J Hammond .HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

"By the Habeas Corpus Act"

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Executed this writ in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the 23rd day Nov 1854
the reading thewithin to the Jailor of St Louis County

JohnMaddox,shff

By J Wilkinsdepty

$ 1.00
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JohnJohn Hempstead HempsteadJohn Hempstead jailorclaims he has saidSlaughter
mentioned in this writ in custodyimprisonment& has him now before
the court. He has him in imprisonment as a runaway slave under
a Commitmentissued on the 4th of Nov 1854
by Liberty WaiteWaite Justice of the Peace in & for
the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis a copy of which commit
ment is hereto annexed

JohnJohn Hempstead HempsteadJohn Hempstead By
Stephen Hempstead Dept

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(Copy of Commitment)

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
SS

Personally offered before me
LibertyWaiteWaite a Justice of the Peace in and for
said County being duly sworn says he has
as a runawayslave in the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis and State of MissouriMissouri a Negro man
about 24 years old who goes by the nameof
S.Slaughter, as this affiant believes the said
Sam is a runaway slave & prays a com
mitment may be had for his safekeeping

JamesKing

Swornto& subscribed before
me this 4th day of Nov 1854

LibertyWaiteWaite

Justice of the Peace
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
SS

To the keeper of the common
Jail of St Louis County Greeting

You are hereby commanded to
the body of Sam Slaughter a runaway Sl
ave, him safely untilhisowners
take him home and pays all reasonable chargesor until he shall
be otherwise discharged in duecourse of law

Given under my hand this 4th day of November 1854

LibertyWaiteWaite
Justice of Peace

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Executed the within writ by serving a copy on
the Jailor & bringing before the Hon.AlexrHamilton
Judge of St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court Nov 23/54

Jn B Dpty Shff

Fee $ 150

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No 253

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1854

In the Matter of
SamuelSamuel Slaughter Negro

Pet. for Habeas Corpus

Filed Nov 22nd 1854

WmWilliam J Hammond J HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

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To the Hon Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge of the StCircuit Court .
Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of SamuelSamuel Slaghter shows
that he is unlawfully imprisoned and restrained of
his liberty in the Jail of St Louis County in the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis by JohnJohn Hempstead HempsteadJohn Hempstead of the
City of St LouisCity of St Louis, keeper of said Jail, that he
was imprisoned on the 4th day of November 1854 under a committment of Liberty WaiteWaite
Esq. Justice of the Peace in the said City ofCity of St Louis
St. LouisCity of St Louis, on the suspicion that he was a
runaway slave, & further your petitioner
states that he is free born and entitled to his
freedom. That he was imprisoned without
just cause or reason that he is prepared to
show that he is entitled to his freedom, &
prays the Court that he may be discharged.
A copy of suit Commitment is hereto an
nexed.

SamuelSamuel Slaghter
for A.S.James

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A. S. James attorney for SamuelSamuel Slaughter, being duly sworn
on his oath says that he believes the above petition and the mat
ters therein as stated are true

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A S James

Sworn to and subscribed before me this22nd day of Nov 1854EleaszarShermanNotary Public

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Copy of Commitment
State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Personally appeared before me
LibertyWaiteWaite a Justice of the Peace, in for

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the said County, and being duly sworn says he has
taken up as a runawaySlave in the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louisand State of MissouriMissouri a negro man
about 24 years old who goes by the name of
S. Slaughter and thisaffiant believes the said
Sam is a runaway slave, and prays a commit
ment may be had for hs safe keeping

James King

Sworn toand subscribed
before me this 4th day of Nov 1854

Liberty WaiteWaite Justice of Peace
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
SS.

To the keeper of the
common Jail of St Louis County Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to receive the
Body of Sam Slaughter, a runaway slave and
him safely keep until his owner take him
home,, and pay all reasonable charges or until
he shall be otherwise dischared in due course of
law.

Given under my hand this 4th day of November 1854

Liberty WaiteWaite
Justice of the Peace