Aspian, a woman of color v. Barry Meachum
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To the Honorable Luke ELuke E . Judge of the Third Judicial
Circuit for the State of MissouriMissouri.

The petition of Aspian a woman of color respectfully
represants that she is the daughter of JudyJudy who was
born in the state of VirginiaVirginia about the year 1786 and
whom about 10 or 11 years old was bought to Louis ville
KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain william sullivan who
kept him for a short time as a slave and then
sold him to a certain Robert BuntonRobert Bunton a resident
of the Town of VincennesVincennes in the north.western Territory.
That the said BuntonBunton took your petitioner mother
to the town of in the territory aforesaid about
the year 1798, in which pleace she was owned
and containued to his held as a slave by the said
BuntonBunton for the share of two years or afterwards.
That after your petitioner mother had been held and
treated as a slave in the town of VincennesVincennes and
Territory aforesaid for the length of time set forth
above she was suit to in the said
Territory and same short time afterwords sold
to a certain WilliamWilliam of the town of
Saint LouisSt Louis in the province of upper LouisianaLouisiana
where she has remained in slavery
since, and same to your petitioner about thirty
two years ago in the town of Saint LouisSt Louis

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Your petition further represents that she is non
illegally held in slavery by a certain JosephJoseph Rosati
RosatiJoseph Rosati of Saint LouisSt Louiscontrary to the provision
of an ordinence by the congress of the
State in day of July seventeen hundred and eighty seven your petitioner this
for prays that she may be permitted to sue
as a poor person in order to establish her right
to freedom, that counsel he assigned her for that
purpose and finally that your hour may grant
the usual orders in such case and as in duty
would will ever pray .

AspisaAspasia her mark

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a woman
of color
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State of MissouriMissouri
Saint LouisSt Louis County

Ss.

This day a woman
of color personally apper and before the a of the peace for the county aforesaid
and made oath that the matters and things in the
foregoing petitioner contained so far as they depend upon her own
knowledge are true and

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from the information of others she beleive
to her .

her

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mark
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Sworn to & subscribed
before me this 7th 1837

J.P.

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1st It is hereby ordered that AspisaAspasia be permitted
to sue as a poor person for the recovery of her
freedom and that . he assigned
her as counsel for that purpose.

2nd That the said AspisaAspasia have reasonable
liberty to attend her counsel and the
court as occasion may require, that
she he not removed out of the
of the court, and that she be not
subject to any severity on account
of her application for freedom.


C.C.C


9th Jan. 1837
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AspisaAspasia a woman of color
vs
Joesph Rosati

Petition to
sue in form

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Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 1837.

Saint LouisSt Louis County to writ:

AspisaAspasia a woman of color by ..Risque
her attorney complains of JosephJoseph Rosati
RosateJoseph Rosati of a plea of for false imprisonment.
For that whereas the said
Joseph RosateJoseph Rosati to writ on the 2nd day of January 1837 of the city of StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis in the county aforesaid with force
and arms made an assault upon the
said AspisaAspasia to not at &c. and then
& there but, bruised and illtreated her the
said AspisaAspasia and then and there imprisoned her and kept and detained her in
prison then, without any reasonable
or probable came whatsoever for a
long time to wit for the share of
then following, contrary to the
laws of the land and the will of the
said AspisaAspasia . And the said AspisaAspasia
that at the time and before the commetting
of the said grievances she was and still
is a for person and that the said

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Joseph RosateJoseph Rosati held and still holds her
in slavery, to the damage of the said
AspisaAspasia of the sum of $ 300, and
therefore she brings suit

F.W. Risque


Counsel for
plaintiff
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No

Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 1837.

AspisaAspasia a woman of color
vs
Joseph RosateJoseph Rosati


This is an action
for false imprisonment made
in form a
for the recovery
of find and. Damage
$ 300. The clerk will issue a summons

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p.q.

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The State of MissouriMissouri
County of S LouisCounty of S Louis. Ss:

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

We command you to summon Joseph RosateJoseph Rosati , if he be formed in your
county, that he be and appear before the Honorable Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court on the first day of the next term thereof, to be begun and held at the
city of S LouisS Louis within and for the county aforesaid, on the second monday of march next, then & there to answer unto AspisaAspasia , a woman of color of
a plea of trespass for false imprisonment, wherefore the said AspisaAspasia
saith she hath sustained damage to the amount of three hundred dollars
-and have you then there this writ.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said court
with the seal thereof hereto affixed at office in
the city of St. LouisSt Louis this ninthday of January eighteen hundred and thirty seven.


John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk


By

J.D.Johnston D.C.

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1st It is hereby ordered that AspisaAspasia be permitted to sue as a poor person. and that F.W.Risque
be assigned her as counsel for that perpose.

That the said AspisaAspasia have reasonable liberty to attend her counsel and the court. as
occasion may require,- that she be not removed out of the jurisdiction of the court, and
that she be not subject to any severity on account of her application for freedom.
9th Jan:1837. L.E.Lawless... St LouisSt Louis."

A true copy of the orders upon the petition
Attest

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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No 39

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1837

AspisaAspasia - woman of color
vs
Joseph RosateJoseph Rosati

Filed 9 January 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it and the declaration
petition order and affidavit to JosephJoseph Rosat the witness named
Defendant in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the 9th day of January 1836

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff


By

Shff


Service $1.00