Celeste, a woman of color v. LaForce Papin
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To the Honorable LukeLuke E ELuke E . Lawlep Judge of
the third Judicial circuit for the state of missouri

The petition of CelesteCeleste a woman of color respects
fully represents that she was born in the
town of Saint LouisSt Louis about six years ago
and is the daughter of JudyJudy who was born in
the state of VirginiaVirginia about the year 1786 and
when about 10 or 11 years old was brought to Louis
-ville KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain WilliamWilliam SullivanSullivan
who kepther for a short time as a slave
and then sold her to a certain RobertRobert Bunton BuntonRobert Bunton
a resident of the town of VincennesVincennes in the north-
western- Territory. That the said Burton took your
petitioners mother to the town of VincennesVincennes in the
Territory aforesaid about the year 1789 at which
place she was owned and continued to be held as
a slave by the said Burton for the space of two
years or upwards. That after your petitioners 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 sent to
KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the said Territory and some short
time afterwards sold to a certain WilliamWilliam LecompteLecompte
of the town of St LouisSt Louis in upper Louisi-
ana where she has remained in slavery ever since.

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Your petitioner further represents that she is now
illegally held in slavery by a certain LaforceLaforce Papin
PapinLaforce Papin of Saint LouisSt Louis contrary to the ordi
nancepassed by CongressCongress on the day of
July 1787. Your petitioner therefore prays
that she may be permitted to sue as a
poor person in order to establish her right
to freedom, that counsel be assigned her for
that purpose and finally that your
Honor may grant the usual orders in such
cases and in dutybound will we pray

CelesteCeleste her mark a woman of color
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State of MissouriMissouri
Saint LouisSt Louis county
ss.

This day JudyJudy a woman of color came
before the and undersigned a justice of the peace for the
county aforesaid and made oath that the matters
and things in the foregoing petition certained so far as
they depend upon her knowledge are true and
those from the information of others she
to be true.

JudyJudy her mark x a woman of color

Subscribed & sworn to
before me this 9th day of January 1837.

PWW Walsh WalshW Walsh Justice

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

2d That the said CelesteCeleste 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
9thJan1837


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CelesteCeleste
vs
PapinPapin

Petition to sue
forman pauperis

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Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 1837.
Saint LouisSt Louis County to wit:

CelesteCeleste a woman of color by J.W.Risque
her attorney complains of Laforce PapinLaforce Papin of a
plea of trespass for false imprisonment:
For that whereas the said PapinPapin heretofore to
wit on the 2d day of January 1837 at the
county of Sanit Louis with force and arms
mede an assault upon the said CelesteCeleste to
wit: at &C and then & there beat,
and illtreated her the said CelesteCeleste and then
& there imprisoned her and kept and detained
her in prison then, without any past, reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever for a
long space of time to wit for the space
of Then next following, contrary to
the act of the generalassembly in such
case made and provided and against the
consent of the said CelesteCeleste , And the said
CelesteCeleste avers that before and at the time of the
committing of the said grievances she was and still is
a free person and that the said PapinPapin held &
still holds her in slavery to the damage of

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No

Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 1837.

CelesteCeleste
vs
PapinPapin

Declaration

This is an action for
false imprisonment in
forma pauperis for the
recovery of freedom.
Damage $ 300. The Clerk will issue a
summons.

J. W.Risque
p.

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the said plaintiff $ 300. and therefore she
brings suit &C.

J.W. Risque
Counsel for
plaintiff.

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis Ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri

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

We command you to summon Laforce PapinLaforce Papin if he be found
in Your County, that he be and appear before the Judge of our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court on the first day of the next Term thereof, to
be held at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis within and for the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the second Monday of March next- then
and there to answer unto Celestee, of a plea of Trespass for
false imprisonment; to the damage of said plaintiff
of Three hundred Dollars - and have you
then there this writ.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk
of our said Court and the Seal
thereof hereto affixed at Office in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis this ninth day of January Eighteen hundred and thirty seven.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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1st. It is hereby ordered that CelesteCeleste be permitted to sue as a poor person
for the recovery of her freedom, and that J. W. Risque be assigned
as counsel for that purpose.

2nd. - That the said CelesteCeleste have reasonable liberty to attend her counsel
and the Court as occasion may require, that she be not removed
out of the jurisdiction of this court and that she be not
subject to any severity on account of application for freedom.
9th Jany 1837.

L. EL E Lawless . LawlessL E Lawless Judge C. C. C. S LouisS Louis

A true copy of the orders endorsed on the petition
Attest.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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No 41

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1837.

CelesteCeleste
vs
Laforce PapinLaforce Papin

This is an action of trespass
for false imprisonment
Dam. $300.

J. W. Risque for plff

Filed Jany 9th. 1837.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Laforce PapinLaforce Papin not found in my County

James BrothertonJames Brotherton sheriff
By M BrothertonM Brotherton D Sheriff

Monest $ = 50