Sydney, a woman of color v. George Hacker
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SydneySydney of color vs

Petition for freedom
& orders therefore

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To the Honorable & Judge of
the eighth Judicial Cicuit of the State of MissouriMissouri

Your petitioner seytan otherwise sydney a chaman
of color respectfully that she is justly
entittled to her freedom, but yet he is held in
slavery by at St. LouisSt Louis
your petitioner state that the grounds of her
right to freedom are as follows she formerly claimed as the slave of held as the of GeorgeGeorge
that said GeorgeGeorge Hacker while claiming of having
your Petitioner as his slave about 14 - years past
took your Petitioner into the there part of the
State of illinois where he then resided and was
domicileated of kept of detained your petition there
in the state of IllinoisIllinois as he then resided for
three years after which a daughter of said
said to
said harker delivered your petitioner
time said ha claimed
your petitioner as his slave your Petitioner
states that about ten years - - last past said
by took your Petitioner into the state of
IllinoisIllinois in madison County where
there kept her at
as a for about 6 weeks when he took
her to the state of missouri & has
formed and believes that at is the intention of
said by to sell your petitioner as a
slave & she fears he will do so that she
be sent to a distant place where she will be
unable to the of her freedom
until he shall be presented by legal mean
she therefore prays that she may be permitted
to sue as a poor person establish her freedom
that unusual may be to her
that such orders may be made & such
legal taken as as well secured by personal
safety

SydneySydney her

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mark
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State of missouri
St. Louis County

ss

SydneySydney the within named
petitioner on her oath says that the parts in
the petitioner stated are

SydneySydney her

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mark Sworn & subscribed to
before a Justice of the
peace and said
County the 31st day of October AD 1839


justice of peace
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Being of a that the within petitioner
contains sufficient matter to are therefor the
commencement of a I lake
of the Sant Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court do allow the within there
named petitioners sydney to
a poor person to establish her right
to freedom and I do assign to her as
a bird

and I moreover order that said
petitioner have reasonable liberty of
of attending the court and her counsel
as may require; that she be not
removed but of the jurisdictionsaid court
and that she be not subjected to any security
on account of her application for freedom
St. LouisSt Louis sixth 1839


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SydneySydney of color vs

suit for freedom
under the statute
The Clerk which


for summon
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State of MissouriMissouri

Saint Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court March Term 1840

SydneySydney otherwise Seyton a common
of complains of
little law of a plea of trespass &
false imprisonment for that on
the first day of January in the year of grace eighteen hundred & thirty nine
at St LouisSt Louisin said county the said
defendant with four &arms
make upon the said plaintiff
did then & there beat & bruise her
did then & there without any reasonable
lawfully
imprisoner her & hath kept & detained
her in prison there from the day
last aforesaid to this day contrary
to the law of the sand & against
the pleace & degnity of this State
and the plaintiff ours that at
& before the committing of the said
grievances greivances she was & still is
a free person & that said Defendant
kept & detained & still holds & detains her
in slavery wherefore she suis

G A BirdG A Bird

atty
for Plff
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County- Greeting:

We command you to Summon WilliamsWilliams if he be
formed in your County that he be and appear
before 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 third Monday
of March next, then and there to answer unto SydneySydney otherwise
Seyton a woman of color of a plead of trespass & false
imprisonment
you then there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk or our said Court,
with seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
City of St.LouisCity of St Louis, this Sixth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty nine.

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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

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Being of opinion that the within petition contains sufficient
matter to authorize the announcement of a suit I Luke &
Lawless Judge of Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court do allow the
within named petitioner SydneySydney to sue as a poor person
to establish her right to freedom & I do assign to her as
Counsel AA Bird .BirdA Bird . And I more over order that said
petitioner have reasonable liberty of of attending the court
& her counsel as occasion may requiere that she be not
removed out of the jurisdiction of said Court and that she be not subjected to any severity on
account of her application for freedom one

St LouisSt LouisNovember sixth 1839

L.E LawlessL E Lawless

Judge Circuit CourtCircuit Court St LouisSt Louis
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No 3

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1841

SydneySydney otherwise Seyton
a woman of color
vs
WilliamWilliam Lettleton

Suit for Freedom

p.q Filed Nov 6th 1839

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

Free
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Executed this writ in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
by offering to read it and the declarations &
Petition and order of Court to WilliamWilliam LittletonLittleton
on the 11th day of November 1839. which
he refused to hear.

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff

By

Jn

Service 1.00 Dismissed by left BK 12 p 262
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The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of St Louis
County Greeting

You are hereby requested to take the
of SydneySydney a petitioner for freedom
& who is said to be hold as a slave of
william Lettleton at St LouisSt Louis & bring the
before me my chamber at St. LouisSt Louis1839
at nine o clock in the forenoon of that day and Summon suit
williamLittletonLittleton to appear before me
at the 11th day of november aforesaid Given under my hand at St LouisSt Louis this 6th day of November AD 1839

Judge
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Executed this warrant
by having the body of the
within named petitioner before
the this
11th day of Nov 1839

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton


Sheriff Fee $1.00
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for
a Chaman
& Summons
for

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State of MissouriMissouri,
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

ss

Be it remembered that on
this eleventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine,
before the undersigned Judge of the Circuit Court
of the County aforesaid, principal and
Littletonas security and acknowledge themselves
to owe to the state of MissouriMissouri the sum of Five
hundred dollars to be lived of then repective
goods and and tenements; upon
condition nevertheless that whereas one Sidney
otherwise called seyton, a woman of color has
instituted a suit for the recovery of her freedom
against said WilliamWilliam LittletonLittleton , in said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County; now if the said
Sidney alais Seyton shall, during the pendency
of said suit, have reasonable liberty of attending
her counsel and the court, and if she shall
not be removed out of the Jurisdiction of said
Court, and if she shall not besubjected to
any severity on account of her application for
freedom, then this recognization shall be null
and void, otherwise shall remains in full
force and virtued.

Littleton

M.Litteton

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Taken and certified the day and your aforesaid.

Circuit CourtCircuit Court