Louis Scott, a man of colour v. William Burd
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Petition of LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott

It is ordered that Louis ScottLouis Scott
the within named petitioner
be allowed to sue in the StCircuit Court
Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court as a
poor person to establish
his right to freedom

It is also ordered
said petitioner 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 to
freedom

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It is further order that
Jeremiah Langton be
assigned as Counsel for
the above named petitioner
LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy
Judge of the 8th Jud Cir of Mo

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St. LouisSt LouisDecember 8th 1840

To the Honorable Luke E. LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge
of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Your Orator Louis ScottLouis Scott humbly
complaining respectfully showeth unto your honor
that he is a man of colour free from the following
facts to wit that about two years since
he was sent by his master WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd to
work in the state of IllinoisIllinois for which work
your Orator verily believes his said master received
payment, that he remained as a slave from
Monday morning up to Saturday evening in the
said State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois under the control and by
the orders of his said master contrary to the laws
of state of IllinoisIllinois for such cases made and provided,
and that he is ever since said time and now is kept
as a slave by the said WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd your
Orator therefore prays that he be permitted to
sue in your Honorable Court for his freedom
as a poor person your Orator will as is duty
bound forever pray

Louis his

X

mark ScottScott

Sworn to and subscribed before me
this 9th day of December 1840
Louis LabeaumeLabeaume Justice of
the peace Saint LouisSt Louis County

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No

In Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term AD. 1841

LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Action [ falsh ] imprisonment

Damages $ 600

LangtonLangton


for Plainf
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

Ss

Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term AD 1841

Louis ScottLouis Scott a man of Colour by J LangtonJ Langton his
attorney complains of WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd of
a plea of trespass for false imprisonment
For that heretofore to wit on the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty at the County
and in the State aforesaid the said Defendant
with force and arms an assault did
make on the said plaintiff and then and
there beat bruised and ill treated him the
said plaintiff and then and there imprisoned
him the said Louis ScottLouis Scott and kept
and detained him in prison there from
the day last aforesaid to this day contrary
to the form of the statute in such case
made and provided and against the peace
and dignity of the state. And the plaintiff
aforesaid avers that before and at the time of
committing of the said several grievances
he was and still is a free person and that
the Defendant aforesaid held and still holds
him the said Louis ScottLouis Scott in slavery
wherefore he the said plaintiff says that he is
greatly injured and hath sustained damages
to the amount of six hundred dollars
And therefore he brings his suit

J LangtonJ Langton

for
Plaintiff
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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 William BurdWilliam Burd ,
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, on the third Monday
of March next, then and there to answer unto LouisLouis Scott
ScottLouis Scott (a man of color) of a plea of trespass for false imprisonment,
to the damage of said plaintiff six 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 27th day of February in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty one

JnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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It is ordered that Louis ScottLouis Scott , the within named petitioner
be allowed to sue in the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court as a
poor person to establish his right to freedom

It is also ordered that the said petitioner 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 to freedom.

L. E. LawlessL E Lawless Judge Cr
Court

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It is further ordered that Jeremiah Langton be assigned
as counsel for the above named petitioner Louis ScottLouis Scott .
Bryan Mullanohy Judge of the 8th Jud. Cir.
of Mo
A true copy of the ordered

Attest JnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Bk 13 p 219

Jury verdict for Deft Bk 15 p 75
new trial refused 15 p 125 Bill of Exceptions filed Bk 15 p 281
Mo to strike out bill of exceptions & affidavit in support thereof filed
by Deft. Mo overruled & deft bill of exceptions filed Bk 15 p 283

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No 362

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1841

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Summons

Suit for freedom
LangtonLangton

filed 27th Feb. 1841

JnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ in the county of St. LouisSt Louis
on the 27th day of February 1841 by reading
it and the declaration to WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd
the defendant
Service $1.00

MarshallMarshall Brotherton BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff


by

Benjamin LacyBenjamin Lacy Dpt

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

March Term 1841
LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

And the said defendant
by his attorney comes and defends the
force and injury when &.C. and says that
he is not guilty of the trespass & false
imprisonment above laid to his charge
in manner and form as in said declaration
is , and of this he puts
himself upon the county &.C.

SpaldingSpalding & Attys for deft

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No. 362.

March Term 1841
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

plea

SpaldingSpalding &

Filed 15th March 1841

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clk

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LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term AD 1841

Sir

Take notice that on the sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty and
between the hours of six OClock in the
forenoon and six OClock in the afternoon
of that day at the office of Frederick Kretchmar a Justice of the peace in
and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis Depositions
will be taken by the undersigned to be
read on the trial of the above case on behalf
of the plaintiff and that the taking of said
Depositions if not completed on that day
will be continued from day to day
at the same place and between the same
hours until completed

LouisLouis Scott

ScottLouis Scott
by atty

J LangtonJ Langton

To - the above named
Defendant or to his
atty
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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

ScottScott vs
BurdBurd

Notice to take
Depositions
in behalf of Plaintiff

LangtonLangton atty


for Plaintiff
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witness
SubpoenaDec. 2nd

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Served the within notice by delivering
a true Copy thereof to William BurdWilliam Burd .
The 2nd day of December 1841. in SaintSt Louis
LouisSt LouisTownship

LouisLouis DuBreuil DuBreuilLouis DuBreuil ,

B. of D Evans of .

Constable D. C.

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[Subpoena.]

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To Louis DuBreuilLouis DuBreuil To the Constable of St. LouisSt Louis Township, in the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis-Greeting:

We command you to summon BernardBernard Smelter
that, all excuses and delays being set aside, he personally be and appear before the undersigned, a Justice
of the Peace within and for the county aforesaid, on the sixth day of December1841, at the hour of six o'clock A. M., at his office, in the Township of St. LouisSt Louis, to testify on the trial
of a case wherein LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff, and William BurdWilliam Burd
defendant, on the part of the plaintiff; and of this he is not to fail, at his peril;
and have you then there this writ.

Given under my hand, this second day of December 1841.

Frd.

KretschmarKretschmar Justice.
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No
Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs.William BurdWilliam Burd .

Subpoena.

Justice 18 3/4

BernardBernard Smelter

Deposition to be taken
Decbr 6th 6 o'clock a'n

Summoned
BernardBernard Smelter
the 6th December 1841. in St. LouisSt Louis,
Township
Louis. DuBreuil
Constable


By A. D. Evans


for 25 cts D6
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Depositions
of witness, produced, sworn and examined at the office of FrederickFrederick Kretcshmar, a Justice of the peace for and within the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis, State of MissouriMissouri, before me,
the said Justice, in a certain came now depending in the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court, State of MissouriMissouri,
between Louis ScottLouis Scott , plaintiff, and William BurdWilliam Burd , defendant, on the part of the said plaintiff:

BernardBernard Smelter, of lawful age, being produced, sworn and
examined on the part of the plaintiff, deposeth and saith:

I know Louis ScottLouis Scott , a mulatto man, the plaintiff, and also WilliamWilliam Burd
BurdWilliam Burd , the defendant. I bought in the year 1835. of Mr.BurdBurd ,
the defendant, two stills, one new one and an old one; I also brought
in, at the same time, an old still, to have it mended at the shop
of Mr. BurdBurd . The new still, which I took over to my place of
residence in Saint Clair County, State of IllinoisIllinois, proved upon trial
to be defective; and I returned to St. LouisSt Louis, making Mr.BurdBurd acquainted with this fact, and requesting him to send over some of his
hands, to get the still put in good order. Mr. BurdBurd wanted
to send his black man, Louis ScottLouis Scott , over to my place of residence,
to make the necessary repairs, I preferred a PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
German, in the employ of Mr.BurdBurd , as I could better speak
with him, but his family being sick, I could not have him
and then said mulatto Louis ScottLouis Scott came over to me with the
son of Mr.BurdBurd - The son of Mr.BurdBurd showed Louis what to
do on the still and assisted in the repairs, he then left, the day after
their arrival, leaving Louis at my house to complete the work.
Louis remained at work on the still until Friday or Saturday (he
and the son of Mr.BurdBurd having commenced on Monday morning, preceding
said Saturday.) The still did not prove sound after these repairs, and I returned to Mr.BurdBurd , requesting him to take it back.
I sent the still to him, it was weighed, and I was credited for the
weight of the still at the rate of old Copper. Mr. BurdBurd also presented
to me an account of some twenty or thirty dollars for said repairs,
and demanded of me payment for of the amount thus accruing,

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I had given Mr.BurdBurd an endorsed note for the first Bill, being for said new
still,, the old one, and for the repairs done in St. LouisSt Louis on the old still I had sent there
He, Mr.BurdBurd , now claimed of me a balance of some $150, after having
deducted the value of the returned new still as aforesaid. I considered this
balance extravagant and determined not to pay the same, unless compelled
by law. I was sued for this amount, and deprived of my defense by
my Endorser's settling the matter. This Endorser was John SchriberJohn Schriber
who afterwards sued me for the amount paid for me. Before I was sued by Mr.BurdBurd , he sent me a Bill to IllinoisIllinois of the above mentioned amount
(about $150), which included an account of (from 20 to 30 dollars)
for the repairs done on the new still in IllinoisIllinois by the said Louis ScottLouis Scott ,
and also an additional item for the materials used in said repairs. I offered
to settle the Bill by him a horse and some corn, but the
person presenting the Bill, refused to accept of them. As for as I know,
the settlement made by Mr. Schriber, my Endorser, with Mr. BurdBurd ,
embraced all I owed Mr. BurdBurd , and included the aforesaid charge for
repairs done by Louis ScottLouis Scott at my residence; and for which amount I gave my note to Mr. Schnider, which is still held by him All the
transactions with Mr. BurdBurd , here referred to, were with him, I did not
know of Mr. Tildin until about a year afterwards, when I was sued.-
When the son of Mr. BurdBurd left my house, he told me to keep Louis ScottLouis Scott there
until the repairs should be fully completed by him. I controlled him
in his work, until he left; I paid his boarding during his stay. Louis was boarded at Kennedy's boarding house in JacksonvilleJacksonville or Pomgam,
StSt Clair County. ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County, IllinoisIllinois. There was no one at my house to superintend
the work of Louis, after the son of Mr. BurdBurd had left, except myself.
Further deponent saith not.

BernardBernard Smelter

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I Frederick Kretschmar, a Justice of the Peace for and within
the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis, and State of MissouriMissouri, do hereby certify, that BernardBernard Smelter, the deponent, whose place of residence is in
StSt Clair County. ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County, State of IllinoisIllinois, was by me sworn, to testify the
whole truth of his knowledge, touching the matter in controversy in the

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To Alfred MAlfred M Rucker RuckerAlfred M Rucker , Richard SRichard S Tilden . TildenRichard S Tilden
Wm BurdWilliam Burd & Thos. Andrews,
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the December30th 1841
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 LewisLewis is
plaintiff and BurdBurd is
defendant on the part of defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 6th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

Jn.RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed on A.

M BrothertonM Brotherton

Shff
Fee 50
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[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
suing for freedom
vs
Wm BurdWilliam Burd

Sub for deft
for 30th Decr
for deft for

Alfred M. Rucker

Richard .

Tilden

Wm Burd Jr.

Thos. Andrews

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To Alfred MAlfred M Rucker RuckerAlfred M Rucker , Richard SRichard S Tilden . TildenRichard S Tilden William
Burd Jr. & Thomas Andrews,
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 6th day of January 1842
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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 28th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1841

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Spa for defendant
for 6th January 1842

AlfredAlfred M Rucker MAlfred M Rucker RuckerAlfred M Rucker

Richd S Tilden

Wm Burd Jr.

Thos. Andrews

Executed MM Brotherton .BrothertonM Brotherton
Shff
Fee 2.00
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To BernardBernard Smelter
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the sixth day of January 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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of Plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed

MM Brotherton BrothertonM Brotherton

Shff
Fee 50
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Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

InCircuit CourtCircuit Court
Set for trial
for the sixteenth Decmbr
on the Old Docket
for 6th of Janry
on new

for

Plaintiff

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the Instant
at ten OClock A.M., 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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 10th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed

MM Brotherton .BrothertonM Brotherton
Shff


Fee. 50
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court

ScottScott
vs
BurdBurd

[ Supoena ]JohnJohn Schriber
SchriberJohn Schriber on
behalf of Plaintiff
forthwith

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County- Greeting

We command you to attach JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for
the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the 11th day of January 1842 then
and there to testify, and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in
our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott
Plaintiff, and William BurdWilliam Burd is defendant wherein
the said JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber had heretofore been summoned
on the part of the said plaintiff.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 10th day of Jany in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

Jn RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

attach

Jn Schriber

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Executed

MM Brotherton BrothertonM Brotherton
Shff

Fee $1.00
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To Louis Vacharesa
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 18th Instant
at 10 OClock 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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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. LouisSt Louis,
this 15th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Not served

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July Term 1842
In the St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd

BurdWilliam Burd 18 July

Subpoena
Louis Vacharesa for Plff

Contd

Wit. keeps the Patriot
House on
Second Street

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To BernardBernard Smelter
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 18th day of July
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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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. LouisSt Louis,
this 15th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Not served

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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term AD. 1842

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

BernardBernard Smelter
for Plaiff
for 18th Inst
Contd

lives sometimes at
Patriot House Second Street

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To BernardBernard Smelter
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the thirtieth day of October
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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 twenty third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term A.D. 1843

[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

BernardBernard Smelter
on part of plaintiff
Trial the 30th, instant

lives at Camp Springs

Langton atty


for Plff
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This writ not executed in
consequence of the adjournment
of Court October 30th 1843

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff

By

Murphy Dpy

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To [ BernhartBernhart ] Smelter
Greeting:-

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 20th day of December
at 9 OClock A.M. 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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and Willliam BurdWillliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 24th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three.

John. Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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Executed 24th November 1843

WilliamWilliam Milburn MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff
Service 50cts

by

HenryHenry B. Beet Depty

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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

x

[ BernhartBernhart ] Smelter


on 20th December
for Plaintiff -
Boards at Camp
Springs
Works for

&

ThomasThomas

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To [ BernhartBernhart ] Smelter
Louis
Richard S. TildenRichard S Tilden
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the8th of January
at 9 OClock 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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is [ plaintiff ]
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of the plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this second day of Januaryin the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]

Circuit CourtCircuit Court

[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

x

Richard S. TildenRichard S Tilden


x

[ BernhartBernhart ]


Louis

Plaintiff
Stays at Camp Springs for the 8th time
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[missing figure]

Executed the 8th Jany1844Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn

By

D. Murphy Dpty

fees $1.50
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To John SchriberJohn Schriber
Louis
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 8th Instant at
9 o clock 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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 4th day of Januaryin the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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[missing figure]

In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena
Louis
JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber for
the 8th Inst
at 9 O'Clock AM,
on part of the plaintiff

Witness in St. George
in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis

LangtonLangton
aty

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[missing figure]

Executed January 6th 1844

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shrff


By

E W DeckerEdward W Decker Dpty

Service 1.00
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To Alphred M. Rucker, Richard S. TildenRichard S Tilden ,
Jacob Schriver
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the
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
plaintiff and
defendant on the part of
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this day of in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]
[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott a
colored man
vs
Wm BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena for
deft for 9th January for

Alfred M. Rucker

Richard S. TildenRichard S Tilden

Jacob Schriver

(The defendant will
tell where Schriver)
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[missing figure]

Executed the 8th July 1844
Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff

By

Danl. Murphy Dpty

fees $1.50
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To John WJohn W . BurdBurd
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 9th Jany 1844
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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and Wm BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with the
seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the city of St. LouisSt Louis,
this 8th day of Janry in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four

Jn RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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[missing figure]
[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Sub. for deft for
9th Jany for
JohnJohn W WJohn W . BurdBurd
(son of the deft)

Shff will find him
at a BurdBurd & Tilden's
store at Main Street
& the witness is generally
called WilliamWilliam

Exed the
13th Jany

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[missing figure]

Exd the

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff

fees 50 cents
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County- Greeting:

We command you to attach [ BernhartBernhart ] Smelter
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for
the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the tenth day of January at 9 OClock A.M. 1844 then
and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in
our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff, and WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd is defendant wherein
the said [ BernhartBernhart Smelter ] has heretofore been summoned
on the part of the said plaintiff

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this ninth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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[missing figure]

In CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court

[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Attachment for

x

BernhartBernhart Smelter


the 10th
Inst

J LangtonJ Langton
Aty Plf

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[missing figure]

Executed this writ in the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
on the 13th January 1844 and had the body of
the within witness in open Court

Wm Milburn Shrff


By

E W DeckerEdward W Decker Dpty

Service $1.00
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting:

We command you to attach JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for
the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the 16th Jany 1844 then
and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in
our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court between [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
plaintiff, and WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd defendant wherein
the said deftwitness has heretofore been summoned
on the part of the said deft

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 15 day of Jany in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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[missing figure]
LewisLewis Scott ScottLewis Scott
vs
WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

attachment
for JohnJohn Schriber
SchriberJohn Schriber for
16th Jany.

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[missing figure]

Executed Jan 16th 1844had the body of J. Schriber
in open court.

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Sheriff

By

EWDeckerDecker Dpty

Service $ 1.00
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting:

We command you to attach Alfred MAlfred M Rucker . RuckerAlfred M Rucker
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for
the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on theforthwith 1844 then
and there to testify, and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy, now pending in
our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
plaintiff, and William BurdWilliam Burd defendant wherein
the said Alfred MAlfred M Rucker . RuckerAlfred M Rucker has heretofore been summoned
on the part of the said , plaintiff Deft

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 16th day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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[missing figure]
ScottScott
vs
BurdBurd
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[missing figure]

Executed Jan 16th 1844 and had the body of the
within witness in open court.

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shrff


By

EW DeckerDecker Dpty

Service $ 1.00
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To AdamAdam Sadler SadlerAdam Sadler & [ BernhartBernhart ] Smelter
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 23rd 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 LouisLouis Scott ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 21st day of Mayin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]

Executed the 22nd May 1844

WmWilliam Milburn MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

EEdward W Decker .WEdward W Decker . DeckerEdward W Decker Dpty

.
Fees $ 1.00
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[missing figure]

In CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

x

[ BernhartBernhart Smelter ]

x

AdamAdam Sadler SadlerAdam Sadler


term on
2nd Street
Sadler in Pine StreetPine Street
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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To AlfredAlfred M Rucker MAlfred M Rucker RuckerAlfred M Rucker , RichardRichard S Tilden S. TildenRichard S Tilden
John Schriver. & John WJohn W . BurdBurd
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 23d Mayinstant
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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of deft.
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 22d day of Mayin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.

C.

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[missing figure]

Executed the 23d May 1844

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

E. W. DeckerDpty


Fees $ 3.50
Should be $2 1.62
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[missing figure]
Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs.
Wm. Burd

Subpoena for
deft for 23d May for

Alfred MAlfred M Rucker . RuckerAlfred M Rucker

Richard SRichard S Tilden .TildenRichard S Tilden

John Schriver

JohnJohn W WJohn W . BurdBurd

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[missing figure]

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To Casper
John Renth
John
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on theforthwith
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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 23rd day of Mayin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]
ScottScott
vs
BurdBurd

John
.
J. Renth

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[missing figure]

Exd the 23rd May 1844

WmWilliam Milburn MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

Danl MurphyDaniel Murphy Dpty


Fees $ 1.50
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[missing figure]

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To James Rees
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on theforthwith
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 Louis ScottLouis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 23 day of Mayin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]

In CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Subpoena

James Rees

on part of
plaintiff
forthwith
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[missing figure]

Executed the 23rd May 1844

William MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

EEdward W Decker . WEdward W Decker . DeckerEdward W Decker Dpty


Fees 50
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[missing figure]

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State of MissouriMissouri,

To Thomas Andrews
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on theforthwith
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 [ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott is
plaintiff and William BurdWilliam Burd is
defendant on the part of deft
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 24 day of Mayin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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[missing figure]

Executed the 23rd May 1844

Wm. Milburn Shff

By

Danl MurphyDaniel Murphy Dpty


Fees 50 Cents
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[missing figure]
[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
Wm. Burd

Sub. for deft forth-
with for

Thomas Andrews

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[missing figure]
Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Now this day comes the said
Louis ScottLouis Scott plaintiff by his attorney
JJ Langton LangtonJ Langton and prays the Court
to grant him a new trial in the
above entitled case for the following reasons.

1st Because the Court erred in not
permitting the Jurors on the trial in
the above cause to be interrogated
on their voir dire to the following
effect to wit and in the following
wordsâ have your made up or
expressed yourself any opinion with
regard to the freedom of slaves
Have you any prejudices on your
mind that might interfere with
your Verdict in this case-â

2nd Because the Court erred
in not permitting BernhartBernhart Smelter
the plaintiffs witness to have
an interpreter in the ab trial
aforesaid, the said Smelter being
a German

3rd Because the court's
instructions to the said Jury in
the said cause was against law-

4th Because the Verdict of
the said Jury was against law against, evidence and the weight of evidence

J LangtonJ Langton atty

for
Plaintiff
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[missing figure]
Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Motion for new trial
by Plaintiff
filed27th day of May 1844

filed 15 p 79.

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[missing figure]
[ Lewis ScottLewis ]ScottLewis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

In the St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit CourtApril Term A.D. 1844
Trespass & false imprisonment

Be it remembered that on the trial of the
above cause to writ on the 23d - day of May - A.D. 1844 in the said term
of the circuit court a jury was empanelled
and duly sworn on their voir dire, when
the plaintiffs counsel proposed to interrogate
the whether they or either of
them entertained
which in a suit for freedom would
prevent them from rendering a true
verdict, the same question was proposed
in several various forms, but the court
refused to allow the question to be put
to the Jurors, the jury were then sworn in
the usual form to try the said cause
The plaintiff then produced BernhartBernhart Smelter
a German as a witness as in said cause who
on application for an interpreter of the German
into English and vice or versa was refused by the
court for the reason that the court was of
opinion that an interpreter was not necessary
after said witness proceeded some time to give
his testimony The plaintiffs counsel again applied
for an interpreter for said witness on the ground understood the English language
so imperfectly, which was again refused by the
Court. the said witness gave the following testimony
before the said Court the said cause
to wit that he had been acquainted with the parties
to this suit sinceDecember 1835, I Bought of
BurdBurd TildenBurd &Co. of which firm defendant was
a member, two Copper stills to take to St ClairSt Clair County

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CountySt Clair County in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois the stills after were
found imperfect, and I called at defendants shop in
St. LouisSt Louis in the State of MissouriMissouri and defendant or his
partner said he would send over to IllinoisIllinois the plaintiff
a yellow man to mend said StillsStills , I said that,
I would prefer a [ pensylvania ] dutchman to the yellow
man, oneAdam SadlerAdam Sadler was present and acted as interpreter
on the occasion, the dutchman could not go
on account of his family's sickness, defendant said that
the yellow man (the Louis ScottLouis Scott ) would do as well
as the dutchman this conversation was on the 15th day of February 1836 at deft. shop in said St. LouisSt Louis, I then
went over to St Clair CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois, and on the 19th or 20th of Feby 1836, Louis ScottLouis Scott the plaintiff came over to StSt Clair County
Clair CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois and worked on the StillsStills , he came
over a second time and [ staid ] about four days working
on said stills in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois, the stills did
not yet answer and on the 7th of March 1836 the plaintiff
Lewis ScottLewis Scott came over again and said the soldering melted away, I had seen the defendant BurdBurd or his partner
who sent over the said yellow man Lewis ScottLewis Scott in saw
StSt Clair County Clair CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois, he remained there four days
working on said stills, said ScottScott was in all about
thirteen or fourteen days in St Clair CountySt Clair County State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois, during which time plaintiff's board
was paid by this witness, and the defendant
was to have pay for the hire of said yellow man
Lewis ScottLewis Scott , Mr. BurdBurd the defendant presented the like
to me for the hire of said ScottScott for said work in
IllinoisIllinois, I offered JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber as security therefor
I finally cost the Kettles or stills entirely. Defendant agreed
to take the Kettles or stills Back and give up my
notes which he held, I sent the StillsStills to Mr.
to give them to defendant, I was allowed 20 cents per pound
for them, defendant Brought in the Bill for the hire

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of plaintiff for work in IllinoisIllinois the Bill amounted
to $26 dollars The same was presented a second time
and I was told if I would not pay it I would be
sent to jail, and I was put in jail for said
Bill I sent for JohnJohn Schriber SchriberJohn Schriber , I know of no
person in the matter but John SchriberJohn Schriber
I BurdBurd the defendant, the stills were returned
and defendant received them, the said Bill for said
hire was presented for payment about 4 month after
the StillsStills were sent over the last time I was
put to jail I paid two dollars per week for the
Board of said ScottScott whilst he ScottScott was in StSt Clair County.
Clair CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois, Witness cross-examined
by deft's counsel, the said yellow man went to
the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois on the 15th of February 1836 the
first time, the last time 7th day of March 1836
the where the contact was made by
defendant to send plaintiff to IllinoisIllinois was on main
Street in St. LouisSt Louis not above the Bank, the
account was first presented shortly after the
work was done in IllinoisIllinois at witness's place
there by Burds Clerk next time after
setting for the StillsStills At the
St. LouisSt Louis Boarding house by BurdBurd deft
himself he said he would put me in
jail, I said I had settled all by giving
up the stills, I was put in jail
Schriber paid some of it I paid Schriber
he was on a note of 300 dollars, witness
was on the note. I was not put in jail
for a note as I believe but for 30 dollars
Mr. BurdBurd on cause up with the jailor
and the jailer let me go, I thought deft
did not treat me well, I feel no anger
towards defendant, young BurdBurd may
have been over, I think he did not come

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to my house, I Bought the old still
in 1835 they would not hot steam Mr
Sadler was there two weeks before, Sadler
interpreted 4 times 1st when some hooks
were made in last of [ december ] or January
& when the stills were taken over in
January next inFebruary 15th, when
the Kettles would not do next the 7th day of March 1835 - Reexamined by plaintiff
counsel - I understood that I was
put in jail for the hire of the yellow
man Lewis ScottLewis Scott while in St ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County
IllinoisIllinois working on the stills or Kettles, young
BurdBurd may have been at my house but
I cannot recollect it distinctly -
JamesJames Reed being sworn and examined
on behalf of the plaintiff gave the
following testimony to wit, I am acquainted with the parties in this suit, I was
not present when BurdBurd deft. sold the
Kettles to BernhartBernhart , defendant
said to him that plaintiff had sued
him for his freedom, BurdBurd Claimed
plaintiff as his slave, defendant always
contracts for the services of plaintiff I
think that defendant told me some time after
suit was brought that he was at the
East when LewisLewis Scott ScottLewis Scott did the work
in IllinoisIllinois and that he did not know
that the boy had been sent there
till some time after the work
had been done; their place of doing
Business was on [ main ] between Pine
& Chestnut Streets in the CityCity of St Louis of St. LouisCity of St Louis
in 1838 they had not two places of
doing business

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Adam SadlerAdam Sadler being sworn and examined
in behalf of the Plaintiff testified that
he was working in defendants
shop when plaintiff Lewis ScottLewis Scott was
sent to IllinoisIllinois the firm was BurdBurd
TildenBurd and Co Alfred M. Rucker one of
the witnesses in behalf of the defendant
was in the shop when defendant
was absent defendant was Boss
he saw BernhartBernhart Smelter in the
shop defendant went to the east but
not at the time that plaintiff was
sent to IllinoisIllinois defendant was not absent
on the 24th of February 1836, dont know
how long defendant remained in the east
he knew those facts from a Book he
saw the Book and it was kept
by Smelter's Clerk, saw it in Smelter's
office Smelter showed it to him
Smelter sent him a letter to come from IllinoisIllinois and testify in this
case, he had the letter in his
possession, Smelter was to pay
him for his time & board where
attending as a witness in said cause
Alfred M. Rucker a witness in
behalf of the defendant being
sworn and examined and first sworn
on his voir dire states that he wants
neither gain or lose by the event
of the suit, when sworn in
he states that in 1836 he went to
work for BurdBurd TildenBurd and Co
composed of Burd TildenBurd and this
witness, they had two different places
of doing business one north of the

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Bank on Main Street and the other
several squares south of it between
Pine and Chestnut streets, In
February 1836Smelter called at the
Shop of Burd TildenBurd & Co to
have some work [ repaired ] done on stills
previously purchased of Defendant which
stills were at that time in St. Clair
county in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois, that
Smelter requested some person
from BurdBurd Tilder & Co's shop to go to
IllinoisIllinois and do said repairs
Smelter wanted a German from
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania who worked in [ sad ]
shop to do said repairs in IllinoisIllinois
but his family having
sick he could not go Witness
then sent Louis ScottLouis Scott Defendant's
slave and the plaintiff in
this suit to the said St ClairSt Clair County
CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois to make the
repairs on said Still, that this
plaintiff ScottScott remained in StSt Clair County.
ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois during
7 1/2 days the
for which work Smelter was
charged on the Books of defendant
at $ 2,50 per day, witness was in
defendantsStore of Burd Burd Tilden & Co. every day
except one week in June and
attended to sales and keeping Books
Plaintiff was usually there unless
when sick, Plaintiff is not healthy
the first time Smelter called was
the 11th day of February 1836 as witness

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believes at which time defendant
was on his away to the East defendant
left for the East the 4th or 5th day of February 1836Witness is [ possitive ] that
defendant was not present when
Smelter called, a Mr. Sadler who
works in defendant shop interpreted
for Smelter on said [ ocasion, ]
the account against
Smelter for said repairs was
sent over to IllinoisIllinois defendants
son went over to complete the
work and remained there some
time Witness went there himself
and concluded to do no more
repairs, the amount charged against
Smelter never was collected to
was demanded by witness
in June following, the account
was entered on Burd TildenBurd & Co's Books
untill after Plaintiff brought
suit for his freedom and then
it was erased by defendant
and defendant [ disaproved ] of it
Smelter owes yet for the materials
and work done Smelter Brought
back the said StillsStills as old
copper and gave them payment
for the stills
Witness tried to get the account
paid out of the proceeds of said
copper, but did not succeed

Cross examined by Plaintiff
Counsel- Witness is a son in
law of defendant Deft left
St. LouisSt Louis for the east 4th or 5th of February 1836 saw Mr Smelter on
16th of February. Witness was in the employment
of Burd TildenBurd & Co
Defendant may have
witness to collect the amount
for plaintiffs wages in IllinoisIllinois
of said Smelter for said repairs,
BurdBurd never knew that the
plaintiff was in IllinoisIllinois, the witness
the act of sending
Plaintiff to IllinoisIllinois his act
as agent for the said Firm of
Burd TildenBurd & Co witness
himself being one of the firm
the amount of the bill for said
repairs was 2 dollars defendants
son went over at the
request of witness-
witness always considered the
said debt for 26 dollars a
bad one & would not be willing
to give much for it after suit
was brought by plaintiff
defendant [ errased ] the demand
from the Books--
JohnJohn W WJohn W BurdBurd - being sworn
and examined on part of defendant
stated that he was with
the firm of AndrewsAndrews and BurdBurd
about one year before it dissolved
& continued afterwards with the
said firm of BurdBurd TildenBurd & Co
up to the present time, that
Smelter called on Mr Rucker
their salesman to have some
repairs done on certain stills

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previously purchased by Smelter
of Andrews & Burd, the plaintiff LewisLewis Scott
ScottLewis Scott the slave of defendant
was sent over to IllinoisIllinois StSt Clair County ClairSt Clair County
CountySt Clair County for the purpose of mending
said stills; defendant a few
days previously had left StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis for the East- witness
was asked by said Rucker
about said repairs & plaintiff
was then sent to IllinoisIllinois to
StSt Clair County ClairSt Clair County CountySt Clair County aforesaid & remained
there at work about for 8 days-
the plaintiff never went there
more than once witness
finished the work that
plaintiff commenced witness
went over to IllinoisIllinois in Company
with Smelter or his partner defendant
was at that time
on his way to the east, - defendant
as soon as he found out plaintiff's
claim to freedom, asked witness
how it was, & who sent him and [ errased ] the charge saying
it was improper.

Thomas Andrews- being duly sworn and examined in behalf the
defendant States that he had
said Smelter arrested on a note
that was given to AndrewsAndrews and
BurdBurd for StillsStills in 1835 that
he previously made several
efforts to collect it but could
not do so witness knew of no
work done by BurdBurd TildenBurd & Co

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for Smelter he finally had Smelter
discharged from jail because
he believed did not understand an oath

The following testimony
was then produced by plaintiff
and given in Rebuttal
Adolph being duly &c on part of plaintiff said that
he knew BernhartBernhart Smelter
the witness for six or seven
years and that his character
is good for truth and veracity

MartinMartin Shilling being sworn
in like manner he said that
he knew said Smelter for
several years last past and
that his character is good for
truth and veracity

Vergin Bule was also in like
manner sworn on behalf of Plaintiff
said he knew BernhartBernhart Smelter and
that his character is good for
truth and veracity,
John Kemp
AdamAdam Sadler SadlerAdam Sadler - With them being
also in like manner sworn and
examined said that they knew
BernhartBernhart Smelter for several
years past and that his character
is good for truth and veracity
several other witnesses were offered
to be sworn on the same point
but the court considered it unnecessary--
The following instructions were then asked for by plaintiffs counsel (the Clerk will

here insert instructions) the court overruled some of said instructions which was
excepted to by Plaintiffs counsel) the court then allowed the following instructions to be
given in part of defendant ) here insert defts instructions).
After trial in the above
cause and in the proper time
the plaintiff by his attorney moves

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the court for a new trial for the
following reasons (Clerk will here
insert reasons) but the court overruled
said motion to which decision
the plaintiff by his attorney excepts
and prays that his bill of
exceptions in that [ behahalf ]
might be allowed

The following statement of facts

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by Conduct of Counsel is added to the bill
of exceptions- to wit; that a short time after
the trial of the Cause aforesaid Plffs. Counsel
called at the office of Defts. Counsel for
the purpose of submitting to him the Bill of
exceptions in the above cause, & was
informed by the Partner of Defts Counsel that
Defts Counsel had on the 21st day of July 1844 left. St. LouisSt Louis & would be
absent some time - Mr Spaling was
absent from the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis from the 21st of July 1844, about one month
& after he returned he remained in
the City Constantly to this time- The Court adjoined from 18th July to 2nd of Sept 1844, & from day to day in the
regular transaction of business
from said 2nd of Sept. to this date-
This bill of exceptions was first presented to
the Court to be signed on the4th day of October 1844, but was signed in

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consequence of some argument about
the evidence, until the 15. of October 1844.

John MJohn M Krum KrumJohn M Krum

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No 362

March Term 1841.
In St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Bill of
Exceptions

Filed October 15th 1844.

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

.

J LangtonJ Langton
Atty

for
Plaintiff
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Be it remembered
that on the 16th of October in the year eighteen hundred and forty four the defendant
by his attorney made his motion
to strike out the Bill of exceptions in this case
as no part of the record & filed his filed his reasons
therefor & affidavits in support
thereof which are in the
words & figures following (here insert
the motion and reasons & affidavits)

The Court overruled this motion
to which decision of the Court the
defendant by his counsel excepted
and prays the Court to sign & seal this
his Bill of exceptions which is
done accordingly this sixteenth day of October eighteen hundred forty four.

JohnJohn M Krum M KrumJohn M Krum

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

LewisLewis Scott ScottLewis Scott
vs
WmWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd

Bill of Exceptions

FiledOctober 16th 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Josiah SpaldingJosiah Spalding being duly
sworn on his oath Saith that SpaldingSpalding &
TiffanyTiffany were the only attorneys of defendant
in this case; that nothing was ever said or
instructed to him or to SpaldingSpalding & TiffanyTiffany
to his knowledge or belief respecting a bll
of exceptions, until some time after the
21st July 1844 but during that month when this deponent heard
that the plaintiff's attorney had said to
P.D. Tiffany his partner (deponent being absent
at JeffersonJefferson City CityJefferson City) that he was about to make out a bill of exceptions. Deponent had they then
that, the case had finally terminated.
Deponent returned to St. LouisSt Louis, & attended the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court aforesaid from 2nd. September 1844 till the present day & never gave
any consent to or Bill of exception nor did deponent ever hear
of the matter in his opinion, till on
or about the 4th October instant, when
the Judge of this Court handed to this
deponent, a draft of a Bill of exceptions
in this case: This deponent then

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& frequently & at all times, objected to
the Court the lapse of time & moved
the Court not to sign the same on
that account, but the Court overruled
the objection & signed the same
Bill after it has been by
him, & also by plaintiff's attorney.
And this deponent says he notified the
plaintiffs attorney, immediately after the
said Bill of exceptions was presented to
the Judge, of his objection to the same
But from the lapse of time, the Judge had no right to sign it.

J. SpaldingJ Spalding


sworn to & subscribed before me
this 11th day of October 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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State of MissouriMissouri
County St. LouisCounty St Louis

P. Dexter TiffanyTiffany , being
duly sworn on his oath saith that he
never gave any consent to the making
out or preparing of any bill of exceptions
in the foregoing case

P. D. Tiffany


Sworn to & subscribed before me
this 11th day of October 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Louis ScottLouis Scott
vs.
Wm. Burd

The defendant by his
counsel moves the Court to strike from
the files as a part of the record, or otherwise
quash, the Bill of exceptions filed
on behalf of plaintiff on the 15th of October
instant in this case for the following
reasons :

1 Because the same was improperly
signed by the judge & is not a part of the
record.

2. Because the same was not drawn
up nor presented for signing to the
judge till many months after the
trial.

3. Because of the lapse of time between
the trial, & the making out
of the Bill of exceptions &
of same for signing, no consent for
such delay or signing having been
given by defendant or his counsel.

4. Because the same was illegally
signed & filed.

SpaldingSpalding

&

TiffanyTiffany
Attys for deft

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs.
Wm. Burd

Motion & affidavits
to strike out bill
of exceptions
SpaldingSpalding & TiffanyTiffany
Attys for deft

Filed October 16th 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Supreme Court of MissouriSupreme Court of Missouri January Term 1845

Lewis ScottLewis Scott (of color)
vs
William BurdWilliam Burd

Error to St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Now at this day comes again the said defendant
by his attorney, and the said plaintiff though called, comes not,
and therefore the said defendant submits this cause to the Court
without argument; and the Court here, having seen and examined
the record and proceedings of the said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , and the judgment
therein rendered in this cause; after mature consideration,
do consider and adjudge that the judgment aforesaid in form aforesaid,
by the said circuit court rendered, be in all things affirmed
and stand in full force.

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State of MissouriMissouriSs

I, Hampton L. Boon Clerk of the Supreme CourtSupreme Court
of the State of MissouriMissouri, do hereby certify, that the foregoing judgment
of the Supreme CourtSupreme Court aforesaid, at the January term (1845) in the case
of Lewis ScottLewis Scott (of color) against William BurdWilliam Burd , is correctly copied from
the Records of said Court, now remaining in my Offices.

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Given under my hand, with the seal of said
court affixed, at Office in the city of JeffersonJefferson
the second day of May A.D. 1845

H. L. Boon

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Lewis ScottLewis Scott (of color)
vs.
William BurdWilliam Burd

Filed 16th May 1845
John RulandJohn Ruland Clk

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1 That the plaintiff is not entitled to his freedom
in consequence of being sent to IllinoisIllinois to do a job of
work & remaining there to do the same, if the
Jury believe from the evidence, that he was there
sent & remained there, without the knowledge, consent
or connivance of the defendant.

deft

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Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
BurdBurd

given

(on first trial)

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2.That the plaintiff is not entitled to his freedom in
consequence of his having been sent to the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois
to do work there by a member of the firm
to which defendant belonged, and remaining there
to do it, provided the jury believe from the
evidence that he was so sent & remained entirely
without the knowledge consent or connivance
of the defendant.

Deft

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Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
BurdBurd

Refused
January 16/44
(on first trial)

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Plff
If the Jury find from the evidence
that BurdBurd a manufacturer and
repairer in copper used his slave
named LewisLewis Scott ScottLewis Scott in the business,
that in Burd's absence from
the State the establishment
was carried on as tho he were
present, and that his interest
in it continued and that said
LewisLewis remained there working
as before, and was by the person
in authority in Burd's
establishment sent over to
repair copper works in St. LouisSt Louis,
and that the slave
did so go and work in IllinoisIllinois it
is an introduction of slavery
into IllinoisIllinois such as will produce
the freedom of a slave

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No 362
March T 1821
Lewis ScottLewis Scott
vs
BurdBurd

This instruction was
given on first
trial

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(On part of plaintiff)
If the Jury finds from the evidence that
BurdBurd the Deft a manufacturer and repairer in copper
used his slave named Lewis ScottLewis Scott in the
business- That in Burds absence from
the state the Establishment was carried on
as tho he were present and that his interest in
it continued and that said LewisLewis remained
there working as before and was by
the person in authority in Burds establishment
sent over to repair copper works in IllinoisIllinois
and that the slave did so go and work
in IllinoisIllinois it is an Introduction of slavery
into IllinoisIllinois- and such as will produce
the freedom of a slave- and the
Jury must find for the plaintiff

Refused

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ScottScott
vsBurdBurd

Instruction asked
by plff- refused
May 24. 1844

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On part of Deft
1. That the plaintiff is not entitled to his freedom
in consequence of being sent to IllinoisIllinois to do
work & or of remaining there to do the same, if the jury believes from the evidence that he was
thus sent & remained there,
without the knowledge,
consent or connivance of the defendant.
(Given)

2 That the plaintiff is not entitled to his freedom
in consequence of his having been sent to the
State of IllinoisIllinois to do work there by a
member of the firm to which defendant
belonged, and of his remaining there to do it, provided the jury believe from the evidence that he was so sent & remained,
entirely without the knowledge consent
or connivance of the defendant.
(Given)

3 If the jury believes from the evidence that defendant
was owner of the plaintiff & hired him for
a year to a firm transacting business in the State of MissouriMissouri of which he the defendant
was member, and that said plaintiff was sent
to the State of IllinoisIllinois by a member of that firm after the deft
to do work there & remained there to do it and
that he was there sent & remained, without
the knowledge, consent or connivance of the
said defendant, they are bound to find for
the defendant.
(Given)

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Louis ScottLouis Scott (of color)
vs
Wm BurdWilliam Burd

Instructions prayed
for by Deft &
Given by Court
May 24 1844