Jack, a man of color v. Absalom Link
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To, the Hon Luke E.Lawless Judge of the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court.

The Petition of JackJack a man of color represents that
he was formerly the slave of Harrison Winn who
resided in VirginiaVirginia: That some twelve or fourteen
years ago said Winn removed from VirginiaVirginia bringing
his family with him, and also your petitioner
there his slave. That said Winn brought your
petitioner to IllinoisIllinois and hired him out in Shawneetown
for about a month, under which
hiring your petitioner worked; that immediately
afterwards said Winn went from Shawneetown
some
distance into the interior of the State of IllinoisIllinois
where he resided about two months longer holding
your petitioner as a slave and hiring him
out to work by the day and receiving the
wages of such hiring that such residence of
said Winn & such hiring of your petitioner in
IllinoisIllinois was not move fourteen years ago,
if so long ago: that said Winn was a married
man & had childem, & had all his family with
him in IllinoisIllinois during the times aforesaid: by
which residence and hiring of your petitioner in
IllinoisIllinois, he has become entitled to his freedom
as he is advised and believes. He further
says that on the death of said Winn, your
peitioner fell into the hands of one WilliamWilliam
ThompsonThompson by bequest of said Winn; which
ThompsonThompson transferred him to AbsalomAbsalom Link
LinkAbsalom Link who now claims your petitioner as his
slave and holds him in slavery under and
in virtue of the title so obtained from said
Winn as aforesaid. Wherefore he prays that
he may be permitted to sue as a poor person
in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for St.Louis County
in which County, said Link resides, in

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order to prove his right to freedom and obtain
the same: That JosiahJosiah Spalding SpaldingJosiah Spalding may be of
assigned as his counsel in said suit, He further
prays that the usual order for liberty to see
his counsel &,C. may be made

JackJack his mark

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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis ss: JackJack a man of color being
duly summon his oath saith that the foregoing
petition is true.

Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 4th day of July A D 1837

JWalsh Justice

JackJack a man of color
his mark

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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
ss:

It is hereby ordered that JackJack a man
of color be permitted to sue as a poor person in order to
establish his right to freedom set forth in the foregoing
petition; & JJ Spalding .SpaldingJ Spalding is assigned as his counsel

It is also further ordered that said JackJack have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel and the court, as
occasion may require that he be not removed out
of the jurisdiction of the St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court , &
that he be not subject to any severity on account
of his said application for freedom

July term 1837

LLawless
Judge

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court For November Term 1837

County of St LouisCounty of St LouisJackJack (a man of color permitted
to sue for freedom) by J SpaldingJ Spalding his attorney complains
of AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link of a plea of trespass For that
the said defendant on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty seven
at said County with force & arms & He made an
assault upon the said plaintiff & then and there beat
bruised and ill-treated him, and then and there imprisoned
him the plaintiff and kept and detained him
in prison there without any reasonable or probable
course whatever contrary to law and against the will of the said plaintiff for a long time to wit from thence
hitherto, and the plaintiff avers that before and at the
time of committing the grievancesherein mentioned he
was and still is a free person and that the defandant
then held and still holds him the plaintiff in
slavery to wit at said County wherefore the plaintiff
saith that he is injured and hath sustained damage
to the amount of a dollar & and is entitled to his freedom
& therefore he brings his suit & C

JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding atty
for plff

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

To the Sheriff of the County of S LouisCounty of S Louis greeting

We Command you to Summon AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is 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 S LouisS Louis within and for the County
aforesaid on the Second monday of November next
then and there to answer unto JackJack a man of Color, of a
plea of trespass for freedom to the damage of said plaintiff of one
dollar, and have you then there this writ

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of
our said Court and the Seal thereof
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hereto affixed at office in the City ofCity of St Louis
St LouisCity of St Louis this eighteenth day of July eighteen hundred and thirty Seven
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Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Excuted this writ on the 7th day of August 1837
in the county of St LouisSt Louis by reading it and the petition
order and complaint to AbsalomAbsalom Link
LinkAbsalom Link the defendant

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff
By JosephJoseph W McClurg WJoseph W McClurg McClurgJoseph W McClurg D Shff

Service $ 1.00
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No 38

November Term 1837
St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

JackJack a man of color
vs
Absalom LinkAbsalom Link

Petition to sue as pauper
& Declaration &
Issue Summons

JJ Spalding .SpaldingJ Spalding atty

Filed 17th July 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it

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AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link
ads
JackJack a man of color

Nov Term 1837

And the said Absalom
by his attorney comes & defends the wrong and
injury when & and says that he is not guilty
in manner and form as the said plaintiff
hath above thereof complained against him
and of this he puts himself upon the County


atty for

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verdict & judgt for deft Book 9 page 468

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No 38

Nov: Term 1837

AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link
ads
JackJack a man of color

plea not guilty


atty for Dft

Filed 15th nov: 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

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

You are hereby commandd to summon ThomasThomas Winn WynnThomas Winn or
Winn
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 28th August
instant at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to Testify,
and the truth to say, in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court.
wherein JackJack is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is defendant
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 20th day of August in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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JackJack
vs.
Link

Subpoena for ThomasThomas Winn
WinnThomas Winn for 28th August 1838, for
plff.

fee 50.

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In obedience to within I have Executed this
subpoena on Thos.Wynn In the County ofCounty of Franklin
FranklinCounty of Franklin on onthe27th day of augt 1838 by Reading it his hearingthe
same

A W. Jeffries Shff
of said County

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County of St. Louis, sct.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

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

You are hereby commanded to summon ThomasThomas Winn WinnThomas Winn
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 6th Decr next at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to Testify,
and the truth to say, in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court.
wherein JackJack is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is
defendant on the part of plff
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 2 day of Nov in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty-eight.

Jno RulandJohn Ruland Clerk, C.C.
Geo A HydeGeo A Hyde Depty

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Novr T. 1838
Ent

JackJack
vs
Link

Plff

Thos Winn

6th Decr

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Thos Winn not found in
my county

M BrothertonM Brotherton Sheriff

nonest, 12 1/2
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of Franklin CountyFranklin County---Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Thomas WynnThomas Winn
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the fourth day of April
next at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to Testify,
and the truth to say, in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack claiming freedom is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is
defendant on the part of plaintiff,
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 8th day of March in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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JackJack
vs
AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link

subpoena
Thos Wynn

Shffs fees $ 50

for 4th Apl.

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Served the within on Thomas WynnThomas Winn in FranklinFranklin County
CountyFranklin County on the 18th day of March by leaving
a true copy at his dwelling with a
free white person over the age of sixteen
years

WmWilliam Campbell . CampbellWilliam Campbell Shff
By J. Farvar Dept Shff

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of FranklinFranklin County CountyFranklin County---Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Charles JonesCharles Jones , and
Joseph R. Hardin
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the fourth day of April next
at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say, in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is
defendant on the part of Defendant
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 28th day of March in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty-nine

Jn RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed the within on Joseph R. Harden
& Charles JonesCharles Jones in the County of FranklinCounty of Franklin
by reading the same within their hearing
April 1st 1839

Wm CampbellWilliam Campbell Shff
By J.FarvarDept Shff

FranklinFranklin Cty. Mo
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March T. 1839.

JackJack
vs
Absalom LinkAbsalom Link

Sub: for Deft.,
Charles JonesCharles Jones &
Jos. R. Hardin

Sheff, fees, $ 1.00

Paid by Wm Boothe

for 4th April

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County,-Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon CharlesCharles Jones JonesCharles Jones & Joseph
R. Hardin
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 22nd april next
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is
defendant on the part of Defendant
and have you then there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this third day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-nine.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed the within an Joseph. R.
Harden and Charles JonesCharles Jones by their
Ecknowledgeing the service on the
15th day of April 1839

Sheriffs fees $ 1.00

WmWilliam Campbell .CampbellWilliam Campbell Sheff
of FranklinFranklin Cty
Mo

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March T. 1839.

JackJack
vs
Link

Sub: for Dft

Charles JonesCharles Jones &
Jos.: R. Hardin

for 22nd Apl

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph Brewster &
SamuelMattocks
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 22d April in-
stant at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack is
plaintiff and A Link is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 8 day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-nine

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed this writ in the county of St. LouisSt Louis by
reading it to the within named witnesses on
the 18th day of April 1839

Service $ 1.00

MarshallMarshall Brotherton BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff
By BenjaminBenjamin Lacy LacyBenjamin Lacy Dpt Sheriff

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JackJack
vs
Link

subpoena for plff

for 22 Apl. for

Joseph Brewster
Samuel Mattocks

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County Of FranklinFranklin , Sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of Franklin CountyFranklin County,-Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Thomas WynnThomas Winn
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 22nd day of April
instant at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack suing for freedom is
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 8th day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-nine

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed the within on Thomas WynnThomas Winn
By leaving a Copy at his house
in FranklinFranklin Cty on the 13th day of April 1839

Sheffs fees $50 cts.

Wm. Campbell Sheff
of FranklinFranklin Cty.
Mo

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JackJack
vs
A. Link

subpoena for plff

for
22nd April 1839

for
Thomas WynnThomas Winn

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon WilliamWilliam Booth
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 22nd day of Aprilnext
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein JackJack is plaintiff
plaintiff and AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link
defendant on the part of defendant,
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our aid CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this ninth day of april in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-nine.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed this writ in the county of St. LouisSt Louis by
reading it to WilliamWilliam Booth on the 18th day of april 1839

Service $ 50

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff
By Benjamin LacyBenjamin Lacy Dpt Sheriff

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ent

March Term 1839.

JackJack
vs
A. Link

Sub: for dft

Wm Booth

for 22nd Apl

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If the Jury shall be of opinion that the
plaintiff was hired as a slave in the
state of Illiniois by his owner while he was
therein be that domicilefor
a shorter or longer period thus that find
for plaintiff

If the Jury shall be of opinion that the owner
of the plaintiff made us unnecessary delay
in his journey through IllinoisIllinois to S LouisS Louis and
only hired the slave for the purpose of utilising
the slave generally or for the purpose of feeding
and support said slave they shall find
for defendant

The court further instructs the jury that there is
no evidance before them that money was paid
for the kin of the plaintiff In IllinoisIllinois to his owner

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We of the Jury find for the
Defendant

RichdS
Foreman

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JackJack
vs
AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link

The plaintiff moves the
court to set aside the verdict & granting
a new trial for the following reasons

1.That the Court gave wrong instructions

2.That the Court refused to give the instructions asked for by the
plaintiff.

3.That the verdict is against law
& evidence

4.That it is against the weight of
evidence

5.That it is against the instructions
of Court

J SpaldingJ Spalding for
plff

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Verdict for deft Book 9-468-motion for new trail overuled book 9 page 486.

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No 38

NovemberMarch Term 1837

JackJack
vs
Link

motion
for new trial

JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding
Atty

Filed April 24th 1839

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk