Josephine LaCourse v. Edward P. Mitchell
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To the Honal the Judge of the Third Judicial
Circuit for the state of MissouriMissouri

Your petitioner JosephineJosephine
an infant of color under the age of 21
years by JuliaJulia La LaJulia La Course her mother and next
friend respectfully presents that she was born in
the state of IllinoisIllinois as she has been informed in
or about the year 1826 at the house of one
Baptiste La Course at the French Village in
the County of St ClairCounty of St Clair in the state of IllinoisIllinois
that said La Cause claimed petitioner as a slave
that as such be sold her to one CharlesCharles Bond
who also lived in the state of IllinoisIllinois that said
Bono afterwards sold and disposed of her as a
slave for life to M. Edward H. Mitchel who
brought her from the state of IllinoisIllinois to the CityCity of St Louis
of St LouisCity of St Louis in this state where she now lives
in his family and is used and held to color
and involuntaryservice by said MitchelMitchell and
ownership claimed by him over as his slave
whereas your petitioner claims to be a free person
and prays that your Honor will order
and permit that he may bring suit as a
four person to establish her right to feedom

Josephini Sa
an infantby
her next friend
say
MarieMarie P Ledue PMarie P Ledue LedueMarie P Ledue

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State of MissouriMissouri County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Before me Daniel Hough Marie P. LeducP Leduc a
Justice of the PeaceCounty CourtCircuit Court within and for said County
personally appeared Alexis Chouteau a WhiteWhite
man of lawful age and made oath that

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the statements contained in the above petition of Josephline Sa an infantly
her next fiend JuliaJulia Sa are just
and here

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this first day of August A. D. 1835
M. PP Leduc LeducP Leduc Justice CountyCounty St Louis Court
St. LouisCounty St Louis County

M. S.

Alexis his ChouteauChouteau
mark

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It isherebyorderedthat the above
petition of JosephineJosephine LaJosephine Course be
permitted to suefor her freedom
as a poor person to the
form of thestatute in suchcase
made and provided and that A. C.
beappointed as her counsel

L EL E Lawless LawlessL E Lawless
J. 3 Jud. Ct.

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State of Missouiri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
Sct

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1835

Josephine LaJosephine Course an
infant of color under the age of 21 years who
sues by JuliaJulia La LaJulia La Course her nextfriend
complains of Edward Mitchell of a
plea of trespass for that the said defendant
heretofore to wit on the first day of
June in the year 1835 at the county
aforesaid did then & there beat stike wound
and illtreat the said Plaintiff and then
and there did confine and imprison. the
said Plaintiff for a long space of time
to witfromthence hitherto and other wrongs
to the said plaintiff then and there did
to the great damages of the said Plaintiff
and the said Plaintiff saith that she is injured and hathsustained damage
to the amount of one dollar. And the
said Plaintiff in fact saith that before
and at the time of this commission of
the said grievances by the said defendant
the the said Plaintiff was and still
is a free person and that the said
defendant at the said time above mention-
ed held and detained and still doth
hold and detaing her in slavery where
fore she brings her suit&c

JosephineJosephine LaJosephine Course

By hernextfriend

JuliaJulia La LaJulia La Course

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It is hereby ordered that the above petitioner JosephineJosephine LaJosephine
Course be permitted to sue for her freedom as a poor person according
to the form of the statute in such case made and provided and that
AA L Magenis LA L Magenis MagenisA L Magenis be assigned as her counsel

L E LawlessL E Lawless J 3 Judl Ct

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County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis to
the State of MissouriMissouri

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

We command you to summon Edward & Mitchell 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
of Saint LouisSt Louis on the Seened monday of November next then and there
to answer into Josephine LaJosephine Course an infant of color under the age of
21 years who sues> by Julia LaJulia La Course her next friend of a plea of
trespass to the damage of the said Plaintiff of one dollar and have you then there this writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of
said Circuit CourtCircuit Court at office this 5th day of August in the year 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk.

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No 22

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1835

JosephineJosephine LaJosephine Course
an infant of color
by her next friend
vs
EwdMitchellMitchell >

This is a suit for freedom according
to the statute

Let a summons issue

MagenisMagenis

atty for Plff

filed 5th August 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it and the declaration petition
and order of the judge to Edward P. Mitchell on the 8th day
of August 1835 in the county of St LouisSt Louis

J BrothertonJames Brotherton Shff

by G. HammondDeputy

Judgt of Liberation & enq of damages 7-464 clerk GambleArchibald Gamble fees
$1-93/2 fee book 225 continued Book 10 page 1- Rule 10 p 440,Dismissed Bk 12 p 2
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
Josephine LaJosephine Course
Sct

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Nov. Term 1835

by her next friend
vs
Edward Mitchel

Personally appeared in open
Court Arthur S. Mageins and made oath that
he is Counel for the plaintiff in this Cause
that very soon after the commencement of the
same he was informed and verily believes that
the said plaintiff was removed out of the juridiction
of this Court into the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois by the
consent or convinience of said defendant that
this affiant has lately been informed that the right
of property to said plaintiff is claimed by
James Mitchel father of said defendant who
resides at Belleville in the state of IllinoisIllinois
that said defendant gave information to
his father the said James Mitchel
of the institution of said suit by said plain
and that therefore said plaintiff was forth
with removed from the State of MissouriMissouriby
the said defendant or his said father or by both
of them and this affiant futher saith that
he verilybelieves said plaintiff was so removed for
the purpose of depriving her of the benefit
of a trail of her right to freedom in this court

ArthurArthur L Magenis LArthur L Magenis . MagenisArthur L Magenis
Maginis

Sworn to Dec 1st 1835

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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22 Nov. Term 35.

JosephineJosephine LaJosephine Course
vs
Edward Mitchell

affidavit filed
Decr 1st 1835

A G Clk

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>Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1836.
Tuesday 23d August 1836

"Josephine Lecourse
vs
Edward Mitchell

On motion of A. L. Magenis attorney for the plaintiff, it is ordered that the
rule upon the defendant made at the last November term of this court
be removed therefore it is ordered by the court that the said Edward Mitchell
show cause on Saturday next why an attachment should not issue against him for a contempt
of court in removing the plaintiff out of the jurisdiction of this court, in violation of the order herein before
made."

A true copy of the rule.

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.
By
J. D. Johnston D.C.

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Served the foregoing Rule of court on
Edward Mitchell on the 27th day of August 1836 by Reading it to him in the city of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis.

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff

By M. BrothertonM Brotherton D Shff

Service 50 cts
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Josephine Lecourse
vs
EdwardEdward Mitchelllb/> Rule

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Book8 - page 119 Rule discharged
renewed as to JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell
on a rule to show cause

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JosephineLecourse
vs
EdwardMitchell

Filed 27th August 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1836

JosephineJosephine Lecause
vs
Edward Mitchell

on a rule to show cause
why an attachment should
not issue against him &c
EdwardP Mitchell the defendant
in the above suit for cause why an attactment should not issue against him
for contempt of court for removing the plaintiff
out of the jurisdiction of this court, in violation
of an order in the said suit before made
says. that he the said EdwardEdward did
not remove the said plaintiff out of
the jurisdiction of this court

This respondant further says that the said
josephine before the commencement of the
said suit was bound to him the respondent
by JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell the father of this
defendant who held and claimedsaid
JosephineJosephine as his own property for the purpose
of waiting on the wife of the respondent
for a short period that while said
JosephineJosephine was in the employ of said
JosephineJosephine respondents wife under said
warn suit was brought by said JosephineJosephine
against this respondent the said JosephineJosephine
claiming her freedom - Immediatly after the
service of the process in said action where
this defendant he employed EdwardEdward Bates
BatesEdward Bates to defend suit as counsel
for him the respondent and suffered
that he would attend to it accordingly
and this respondant soon after left the
state of MissouriMissouri and went to the state
of KentuckyKentucky on business and returned
to St LouisSt Louis after an absence of about
there weeks- And upon his return found
that the plaintiff had been taken away

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during his absence and in inquiry learned
that said plaintiff had been taken by
said JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell his father to his
residence in the state of IllinoisIllinois This
respondent further says that when he left
St LouisSt Louis to go to KentuckyKentucky, he left the plaintiff
at St LouisSt Louis in the family of the respondent
and that she was taken away during
his absence without the knowledge
privity or consent of this respondant
This respondant further says that he had
not at the time of the commencement of
the said suit any or claim to
the services of said plaintiff except for such
time as said JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell should place
her said JamesJames having a right to take
away the plaintiff at any time

Sworn to & subscribed in open
court this 27 August 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk
EdwdP.Mitchell