Andrew, by and through his next friend, Celeste v. Peter Sarpy
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To the Honorable Luke E. LawlessLuke E Lawless judge of the cir-
cuit court of St LouisSt Louis county : the petition of AndrewAndrew
by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend respectfully
represents. That in the month of october 1799 on
certain. Robert BuntonRobert Bunton (then and for many years
subsequent a resident of VincennesVincennes in the north
western terretory) purchased of a certain WilliamWilliam
Jullian in the town of LouisvilleLouisville and state of
KentuckyKentucky. JudyJudy the grand mother of your petition-
er as a slave for life and immediately thereaf-
ter brought the said JudyJudy to VincennesVincennes aforesaid
the place of his residence where she was kept
and used as a slave by the said BuntonBunton and
family untill th about the month of april 1800, at which time she was delivered to a
certain TouisantDuboisDubois who brought her to
KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the territory aforesaid, when she
was deliverd to a certain Peter MenardPeter Menard who
brought her to St LouisSt Louis in the territory of upper
LouisianaLouisiana and sold her in the month of aug-ust 1800 to a certain Wm. H. Lecompte.

Your petitioner further represents that the
said JudyJudy remained in slavery until a short
time since, when she and several of her children
with the said CelesteCeleste werepronounced to be
free by the verdict & judgment of the

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circuit court of St. Louis & St Charles county. Your petitioner
further represents that he is now held in
slavery by a certain PeterPeter SarpySarpy contrary
to law, he therefore prays that he may be
permitted to bring suit as a poor person
by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend
for the recovery of his freedom against
the said PeterPeter SarpySarpy . Your petitioner
further represents that he is appre-
hensive that the said SarpySarpy may send
or take your petitioner beyond the bounds
of this State, he your petitioner therefore
prays that the said SarpySarpy . be com-
pelled to bond and security. to
have your petitioner forthcoming to
answer and abide by the judgment
of the court in the premises and may
it please your honor to make the
usual orders in such casesmade &
as in duty bound will everpray
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AndrewAndrew by
CelesteCeleste his mother
& nextfriend
her mark

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
ss.

This day CelesteCeleste a free woman
of color personally appeared before the court
designed a petition of the peace for the
county aforesaid and made oath that the
matters and things in the foregoing peti-
tion contained to far as they abpend
upon her own knowledge an and then
and there coming from the information of others she belives to be true.

Sworn and Subscribed
to this eighth day of July AD 1839 of James L Purth
Justice of the peace
County

Celeste her
mark

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It is hereby ordered that AndrewAndrew be allowed to sue as
a poor person to establish his right to freedom by CelesteCeleste
his mother and next friend and that Ferdinand W Risque is
assigned him as counsel for that purpose.

That the said AndrewAndrew 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
court and that he be not subject to any severity
on account of his application for freedom.

L E LawlessL E Lawless
Judge C. County StCounty St Louis.
LouisCounty St Louis

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No.

St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court : Nov: Term 1839

AndrewAndrew by CelesteCeleste his
mother & next friend
vs
PeterPeter SarpySarpy
Petition

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
July November Term 1839.

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis To wit:

AndrewAndrew by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend
by leave of the court first had and obtained com-
plains of PeterPeter SarpySarpy of a plea of trespass for
false imprisonement. For that the said defen-
dant heretofore to wit on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hun-dred and thirty nine with force and arms
assaulted the said plaintiff to wit at the
county aforsaid and then and there beat bruised
and ill treated him and then and there im-
prisoned him and kept and detained him in
prison there without any reasonable or pro-
bable cause whatsoever, for a long term, to
wit: for the space of hours then next
following contrary to law and to the will
of the said plaintiff, and the said plaintiff
avers that before and at the time of the
committing of the grievances, was, and still
is, a free person and that the defendant
held and still holds him in slavery, and
other wrongs to the said plaintiff then and

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there did to the damage of the said plaintiff
two hundred dollars and therefore he brings
his suit &c.

F. W. Risque
Attorney for Plff

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No.

St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court . November Term 1839.

AndrewAndrew by CelesteCeleste his mother
and next friend
vs
PeterPeter SarpySarpy
Declara-
tion.

This is an action of Tres-
-pass for false imprison-
ment to recover freedom
Damage $200. Clerk
will issue summons.

F. W. Risque
atto: for Plff.

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.
THE STATE OF MISSOURIMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGREETING:

We command you to Summon PeterPeter SarpySarpy 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 third Monday
of November next, then and there to answer unto AndrewAndrew , who
sues by CelesteCeleste his mother and next friend of a
plea of trespass for false imprisonment
to the damage of said plaintiff of two hundred
dollars: And have you then there this writ.

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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 Eighth day ofJuly 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 accure in the above cause.

Witness my hand and seal, at St. LouisSt Louis, this day of 18

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Sub & Judge of Liberation for Plff BK 12 p 81

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No 20

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1839

AndrewAndrew by CelesteCeleste his mother
and next friend
vs
PeterPeter
AndrewAndrew SarpySarpy

Summons

Trespass for false imprisonment

Dam. $200

Risque p q

Filed July 8th 1839

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ in the County of SaintCounty of Saint Louis
LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the 8th day of July 1839 by reading
it and the declaration to PeterPeter SarpySarpy .

Service 1.00

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton
Sheriff

By Wm M. Knight
Depty

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PeterPeter SarpySarpy
ads
AndrewAndrew by CelesteCeleste his
next friend & mother.
Plea

And the said defendant
by his attorney comes & defends the wrong & injury
and says that he is not guilty of the said supposed
grievances above to his charge, or any or either
of them or any part thereof in manner & form as the
said plaintiff hath above complained against him,
And of this he the said defendant puts himself
upon the Country.

Bogy & Hunton
Attys for deft

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No 20 Nov. T

PeterPeter Sarpy
ads
AndrewAndrew -(a colored man)

Suit for freedom
Plea- not guilty

Bogy & Hunton
attys.

Filed November 27th 1839

Jn RulandJohn Ruland clerk

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In St LouisSt LouisCir. CourtCircut Court , Nov T. 1841

AndrewAndrew by next friend
vs
PeterPeter SarpySarpy

False imprisonment to
recover freedom.

In this cause We agree
that a Judgment of Guilty be entered
in this entitled cause against

Deft PeterPeter SarpySarpy , and the Plaintiff AndrewAndrew , Feby. 2. 1841.

Bogy & Hunton
attys for SarpySarpy

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