Celeste, a minor, by and through her next friend, Judy v. William Sullivan
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To the Honorable Lake E. Lawless Judge of the
third Judicial Circuit for the State of missouri:

The petition of CelesteCeleste a minor by her grand mother
and next friend JudyJudy respectfully represents
that she was born in the
city of Saint LouisSt Louis about one year ago and
is the grand 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 LouisvilleLouisville KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain
WilliamWilliam SullivanSullivan who kept her for a short
time as a slave and then sold her 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's
grand mother to VincennesVincennes in the Territory aforesaid
about the year 1792 at which place she
was owned and kept continued to he held as a
slave by the said BuntonBunton for the space of two
years or upwards. That after your petitioners
grand mother had been held and treated as a
slave in VincennesVincennes aforesaid for the length of
time above set forth she was sent to KaskaskiaKaskaskia
in the Territory aforesaid and some short time

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afterwards sold to a certain WilliamWilliam LecompteLecompte of
the town of St LouisSt Louis in upper LouisianaLouisiana where
she has remained as a slave ever since.
Your petitioner further represents that she is
now illegally held in slavery by a certain
LaforceLaforce Papin PapinLaforce Papin of St LouisSt Louis contrary to the
ordinances passed by CongressCongress on the day
of July 1787. Your petitioner
therefore prays that she may be
permitted to sue as a poor person for
the recovery of her freedom by JudyJudy her
grand mother and next friend that counsel
be assigned her for that purpose
and finally that your Honor may the
usual orders in such cases and as in
duty bound will ever pray & C

CelestineCelestine by JudyJudy
her grand mother &
next friend her mark

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State of missouri
Saint LouisSt Louis County
Ss.

This day JudyJudy a woman of color
come before the undersigned and made oath that the matters
and things in the foregoing petition contained are
as far as they depend upon her own knowledge
and those derived from the information of

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others she belives to he true
subscribed and sworn to
before me this 9th day of January 1837.

J.WW Walsh .WalshW Walsh Justice

CelestineCelestine by JudyJudy
her grand mother and
next friend him
mark

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1st It is hereby ordered that CelestineCelestine be
permitted to sue as a poor person for
the recovery of her freedom byher
grand mother and next friend JudyJudy
that J.W.Risque be assigned
her as counsel for that purpose.

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

LELawlessLawless
JudgeC C.C. St LouisSt Louis

9thJany1837

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CelestineCelestine by &
vs
PapinPapin

Petition to sue in
forma pauperis

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

CelestineCelestine by Celeste Judy her grand mother and next
friend by F.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 aforesaid with
force and arms made an assault upon the
said CelestineCelestine to wit, at &C, and then &
there beat, bruised and ill treated her the
said CelestineCelestine and then and ther imprisoned
her and kept and detained her in prison
then without any 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 general
assembly in such case made and provided
and against the consent of the said
CelestineCelestine . And the said CelestineCelestine by CelesteCeleste
her mother and next friend avers that before
and at time of the committing of the said

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grievances she was and still is a free person
and that the said PapinPapin held and still
holds her in salvery to the damage of
the said plaintiff $ 300. and therefore
she brings suit &C.

F.W.Risque
counsel for
plaintiff

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No

Circuit-Court March Term 1837

CelestineCelestine by &C
vs
PapinPapin

Declaraion

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

F.W.Risque
p.q.

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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 County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the Second monday of March,
next then and to answer unto CelestineCelestine who & was by her grand mother & next friend JudyJudy 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 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 CelestineCelestine be permitted to sue as a poor person
for the recovery of her freedom by her grand mother and next friend
JudyJudy and that F.W.Risque be assigned her as counsel for that purposed

2nd- That the said CelestineCelestine have reasonable liberty to attend her counsel
and the Court as occasion may required that she be not removed
out of the jurisdiction of this court, and that she be not subject
to any severity on account of her application for freedom.
St. LouisSt Louis9th Jany 1837. L.E.Lawless Judge C.C. C. St. LouisSt Louis.

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

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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No 42

S.LouisS Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1837

CelestineCelestine (who sues by her Grand
mother & next friend.-
vs
Laforce PapinLaforce Papin

This is an action of trespass
for false imprisonment
Damage $ 300

F.W.Risque Pltf

filed Jany 9 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 shff

monest 50 cts