Hetty, a woman of color v. Arthur L. Magenis
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To the Honbl the judge of the circuit court
of St Louis County the petition of HettyHetty
a woman of color respectfully represents

That she was born a slave in the state of Vir
ginia and became the property of John Rolf
in that state who died in VirginiaVirginia, and your
petitioner then became the property of his widow
Mrs James Rolf, who removed your petitioner
to St Geneveive County in the territory of
MissouriMissouri on or about the third day of December in the year 1816, in which last
mentioned County and territory your petition
er was kept by her said mistress about one
month, when the said Mrs Rolf your petition ers mistress removed to the territory of
IllinoisIllinois about eight miles from the
town of KaskaskiaKaskaskia where she took up
her residence in the family of
Dr James H Rolf her son, where she resided
more than a year that when she went over
to the territory of IllinoisIllinois she removed your
petitioner with her to that territory, where she
kept your petitioner employed in the ordinary duties of a slave, in working for her and the
family of her son for about the period of
two months, and then about the tenth of March
in the year eighteen hundred and seventeen
your petitioner was sent to St Geneveive in
the territory of MissouriMissouri and hired there until
some time in September of the last mentioned
year, at which last mentioned time your petitioner was
again removed to her said mistresses residence
in IllinoisIllinois, and remained there employed in

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in her service as a slave until the month of
July following, when she was sent by her said mistress again to the St Geneveive in MissouriMissouri with
Mrs Elisabeth the daughter of the said Mrs. Relf. Your petitioner states that she is now
held in slavery by Arthur L Maganis Esqr of
St LouisSt Louis and claims her freedom on the foregoing
state of facts

HettyHetty

X

her mark

witness

HR Gamble
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

This day the above named
petitioner HettyHetty being by me duly sworn upon
her oath says that the facts in the foregoing
petition are true

HettyHetty mark

x

herSworn to & subscribed
before me January 16th 1835DD Hough

HoughD Hough

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State of MissouriMissouri Sct

On the foregoing petition it is ordered that
the petitioner HettyHetty have leave to sue as a poor person
to establish her right to freedom and HR GambleH R Gamble is
assigned as her counsel And it is moreover ordered
that that petitioner have reasonable liberty to attend
her counsel and the court when occasion may require
and that the petitions 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
Given at my chambers at St LouisSt LouisFebruary 19. 1835

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No 43

St LouisSt Louis circuit court
March term 1835

HettyHetty a woman of
color vs
Arthur L MagenisArthur L Magenis

Filed 20th Febuary 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March term 1835

StSt Louis LouisSt Louis circuit court

HettyHetty a woman of color by
H R GambleH R Gamble her attorney complains of Arthur
L Magennis of a plea of trespass. For that
the said defendant on the first day of January in the year eighteen hundred and thirty five at
the county aforesaid made an assault in and
upon the said plaintiff and then and there did
beat bruise and wound the said plaintiff
and did then and there imprison the said
plaintiff and hath ever since kept and de
tained the said plaintiff in imprisonment
and slavery And the said plaintiff avers
that before and at the time of the committing
the said grievances by the said defendant she the
said plaintiff was and still is a free person
and that the defendant held and detained
her and still holds and detains her in sla
very
against the peace and dignity of the state
wherefore the said plaintiff says she is injured
and hath sustained damage to the amount
of five hundred dollars therefore she sues &c

HRH R Gamble GambleH R Gamble

attr for plff
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County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis Ss. The state of MissouriMissouri

To the sheriff of the county of Saint LouisSt Louis Greeting:

We command you to summon ArthurArthur L Magenis LArthur L Magenis MagenisArthur L Magenis that he be and appear before the judge of
our circuit court, at the next term thereof to be held at the city of St LouisSt Louis within and for the
County ofCounty of Saint Louis SaintCounty of Saint Louis LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the fourth Monday of March next then and there to answer unto HettyHetty a
woman of color of plea of trespass wherefore the said plaintiff says she is injured and hath sus-
tained damages to the amount of 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 Twentieth day of Febuary in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and thirty five

ArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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(copy of the order of the judge permitting suit to be brought)

State of MissouriMissourisct

on the foregoing petition it is ordered that the petitioner HettyHetty have leave to sue as a poor person to
establish her right to freedom and H R GambleH R Gamble is assigned as the counsel, and it is moreover ordered that the petitioner
have reasonable liberty to attend her counsel and the court when occasion may require and that the petitioner 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 - Given at my chamber at St LouisSt LouisFebuary 19. 1835L. E. LawlessL E Lawless - Judge 3d Judc Ct

A true copy of the order of the judge permitting HettyHetty to sue A L Margeris as endorsed on her petition)

ArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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Executed this writ by offering to read it together with
the petition Declaration and order of the judge
to Arthur LArthur L Magenis MagenisArthur L Magenis on the 26th day of February 1834 in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis and his refusing to hear the same read
and acknowledging the service thereof

JJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton shff

by

GG Hammond HammondG Hammond Dept

Service ' 1.00
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No43

Saint LouisSt Louis Circuit court March term 1835

HettyHetty a woman of
color
vs
Arthur LArthur L Magenis MagenisArthur L Magenis


This an action of tres
pass Dam ' 500
Let a summons issue

GambleArchibald Gamble

Filed 20th Febuary 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

HettyHetty suing for freedom
vs
A.L. Magenis

The defendant moves to
quash the order permitting the petitioner to sue in
this case & also to dismiss this suit for
the following reasons.

That said order was improvidently made
, on a statement of facts not warranting it, &
not sufficiently proved.

A.L. Magenis

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Motion to quash order permitting plff to sue overruled Book 7 - page 346 -

Change of venue ordered Book 7 page 346

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No. 43

Saint LouisSt Louis circuit court
March term 1835

HettyHetty
vs
A.L. Maseny

Reasons for quash-
ing order to sue &c.
filed March 23rd 1835

AArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court March Term 1835

Arthur L. ads HettyHetty a woman of color

And the said defendant
by his attorney comes and defends the wrong
and injury when &.c, and says that he is
not guilty in manner & force as the said
plaintiff hath above thereof complained
against him and this he prays may be
inquired of by the County

Atty for Dfts
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No.43 March Term 1835
Arthur L.MagennisadsHettyHetty a woman of color

plea N.G. Magennis atty for Dfts

filed March 28'1835

AArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble clk

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change of venue to County of St Geneveive Book 7 page 346