Eliza Briscoe v. William Anderson
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To the Hon Luke E LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County The petition of ElizaEliza Briscoe
BriscoeEliza Briscoe respectfully represents

That some time in
the month of July 1838 your petitioner removed
with her master Melton WalkerWalker the
of where she had always before lived
to court County in the State of IllinoisIllinois where
they some time in the month of August in the year 1838. That her said master removed
to the place last mentioned for the purpose of
residing & has ever since continued to residethere
that sometime in the month of April 1839. some persons in the place last afore-
said having there to
to procue the freedom of you
your petitioner was thereupon immediately
sent by her master to the city of St LouisSt Louis
where she has since been kept his still
kept in the propession the
of of the said City ofCity of St Louis
St LouisCity of St Louis

Your petitioner therefore prays that
she may be permitted to sue as a poor person
in order to establish her right to freedom

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis:

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe this day personally
appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the peace and
for the County aforesaid made oath that the facts stated in the fore
going petition aretrue to the best of her knowledge & hereby

subscribed to before
16th day of october 1839

Geo AGeo A Hyde HydeGeo A Hyde Justice of the peace.

ElizaEliza her mark Briscoe

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I hereby order that the within named ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
have been to sue in the CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court of St Louis
County as a poor person in order to established her
right to freedom & I assign her as counsel
Risque & . St LouisSt LouisOctober 16th 1889

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I hereby order that the within named ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
been reasonable liberty to attend her counsel ofthe Court
as occasion may require that she 'be not received
out of the Jurisdiction of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St.
Louis County & that she be not subject to any
severity on account of her application for freedom
St LouisSt LouisOctober 16th 1899


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In St LouisSt LouisCir CourtCircut Court

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
vs
Petition & Orders
William AndersonWilliam Anderson

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In St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court November term 1839

St Louis County ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe plaintiff in this
suit by Resquie & herattornies complains of
WilliamWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson defendant in this suit of a plea of
trespass. If that the said defendant hereupon
to on the fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thiry nine
in the city of St Louis & County aforesaid with force &
arms made an assault on the said plaintiff house.
at the county aforesaid & then & there heat bruised &
ill treated her & then& there imprisoned her & kept
her in prison then without any reasonable or
cause whatsoever for a long space of time to
wit for the space of five months next before the
said fifteenth day of October in the year aforesaid
coutrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri and
against the will of the said plaintiff. & other
wrongs to the said plaintiff then & there did
against the place of the State of MissouriMissouri & to the
damage of the said plaintiff of five hundred dollars

And the said plaintiff was that before the
of the committing of the grievances aforesaid by the
said defendant the said plaintiff was & still is a
free person & that the said defendant held & still
holds her in slavery Therefore she brings suit

Risque
Plff Atty

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In St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Eliza BriscoeEliza Briscoe
vs
William AndersonWilliam Anderson

Man in trespass for false
imprisonment
Clerk will issue summons

Risquie
Atty for Plff

Click will summons
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting:

We command you to Summon William AndersonWilliam Anderson if he
be found in your county that he be and appear
before the judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the firt 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 third Monday
of November next, then and there to answer unto ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
of a plea of trespass
to the damage of said plaintiff of five hundred
dollars: And have you then there this write.

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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. LouisCity of St Louis, this Seventeenth day ofOctober in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-nine.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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I acknowledge myself bound for all costs that may accrue in the above cause.
Witness my hand and seal, at St. LouisSt Louis, this day of 18

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I hereby order that the within named ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
has leave to in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County
as a poorperson in order to establish herright
to freedom&I assign her as counsel
St LouisSt LouisOctober 16th 1895.

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"I hereby order that the within named Eliza BriscoeEliza Briscoe
have to attend
us may : that stube not
out is the of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of St Louis County & that she be not subject
to any severity onaccount of her application
forfreedom St LouisSt LouisOctober 16th 1899

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No 219

St LouisSt Louis Circuit court
November Term 1839

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
vs
WilliamWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson
summons

Trespass Dam $ 500
Suit for Freedom

Risque & Hayt
P.q

Filed October 17th 1839

Jn RulandJohn Ruland

V
Free
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Excuted this writ by offering to read it and the declaration, and
petition and orders of the Hon. Judge to William AndersonWilliam Anderson
all of which he refused to hear read, on the 17th day of October, 1839, in the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff
By JosephJoseph W WJoseph W M D Shff

Service $ 1.00 Dismisud Book 10 page 213
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtNov. T. 1830

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
vs
William AndersonWilliam Anderson

and the said AndersonAnderson
by his attorney comes & defends the force and
injury when & and protesting that he hath
not been quilty of the assault & battery &
false imprisonment for plea to the said declara
tion says he disclaims to hold
the said plaintiff in slavery & that he hath
ever done so wherefore he prays judgment
L.C. & that he may be discharged herefrom
L.C.

&
attys for deft

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No 219

November Term 1839
St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe
vs
WmWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson

plea

&
attys

Filed Nov 18 1839

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk