Henry Lohre, a man of color v. Gayus (Gaius) Duty
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To the honorable The St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of HenryHenry LohreLohre respectfully states that he is
a mulatto, that he was born a slave being the
property of Benjamin Horine of WashingtonWashington in
this state that the said Benjamin Horine
let your petitioner free by an instrument in writing effectual for that purpose when he your
petitioner should arrive at the age of
twenty one years that your petitioner is
now about twenty nine years of age and since he
arrived at the age of twenty one years
he has not been claimed as a slave
or as the property of said HorineHorine that he is free and
can establish his freedom in the Courts
by Law that one Jay Duty of the City ofCity of Vicksburg
VicksburgCity of Vicksburg MississippiMississippi claims to be the owner of your
petitioner & insists upon holding him
as a slave And your petitioner has reason
to believe & does believe that the said
Duty his agents and attorneys will by force
and violence remove your petitioner out of this
state so as to prevent his suing for
his freedom. Petitioner most respectfully
prays that he may be permitted to sue
in this Honorable Court for his freedom
as a poor person according to the Laws
of this state and that the necessary orders
may be endorsed herein according to
the statutes in such cases made & provided
and as in duty bound will ever pray.

Sworn to & Subscribed
before me on this 25th day of FebyAD 1852

John Black
J. P.

HenryHenry his

X

mark LohreLohre
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In the matter of
HenryHenry LohreLohre a man of color
suing for freedom

In the St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit CourtNovr. Term 1851

It is ordered by the Court That the
within petitioner be allowed to sue
on giving security satisfactorily to
the Clerk for all costs that may
be adjudged against him

2. That said petitioner have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel Blennerhassett
and Shreve as occasion may require.
That
he be not removed out of the jurisdiction
of this Court and that he be not subject
to any severity on account of his application
for freedom.

St. LouisSt LouisFeb 26th 1852

A HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge 8th Judicial
Circuit, Mo.

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HenryHenry LohreLohre a free man of color
Plaintiff
vs
[ Gayus ] Duty defendant

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1852

The Plaintiff states that the defendant heretofore to wit
on the first day of February 1852 at the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis did then & there falsely imprison him
the said plaintiff without any reasonable, probable or lawful
cause whatever.
And the plaintiff avers that before and
at the time of the committing of the said grievances
he was and still is a free person.
And that the defen
dant held & still holds him in Slavery,
Wherefore the
Plaintiff asks judgement declaring him free.

Blennerhassett

&

Shreve
Attys for Plaintiff

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Plff being duly sworn upon his oath states the
above petition is true sworn to & subscribed
this 10th March 1852

Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 10th March 1852

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

HenryHenry his

X

markLohreLohre
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court

HenryHenry LohreLohre a f.m.c
Plaintiff
vs
[ Gayus ] Duty defendant

Declaration

Blennerhassett

&

Shreve
Plffs. Attys

.
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Filed 10 Mch 1852

M S CerreM S Cerre Clk

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21 Oct 1852me #3

I told him I would Issue provided
he got action order

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No

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1852

HenryHenry LohreLohre (of Color)
vs
[ Gayus ] Duty

Summons

Pet: for freedom

B. H. Shreve, atty

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It is ordered by the court, that the within
petitioner be allowed to sue on giving security
satisfactorily to the clerk for all costs that may
be adjudged against him. That Said Petitioner
[ havea ] reasonable liberty to attend his counsel Blen
nerhassett& Shreve as occasion may require
that he be not removed out of the Jurisdiction of
this Court and that he be not subject to any
severity on account of his application for free
dom St LouisSt Louis Feby 26th 1852

A HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge 8th Judicial Circuit MO

a true copy attest

M S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

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Issued 10th March 1852

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk


$ 3
Copy dueClk
30 cents

Charles F. Meyer Secy.

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, S.S.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County, Greeting:

We command you to summon [ Gayus ] Duty
to appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next
term thereof, to be held in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the third Monday of April
next, then and there to answer the complaint of HenryHenry LohreLohre a
free man of Color
as set forth in the annexed petition
and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Michael S. CerreMichael S Cerre , Clerk of said
Court, with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in
the city of St. LouisSt Louis this Tenthday of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty two.

M. S. CerreM S Cerre

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 Tenth day of March 1852

Chas.F.Meyer


L.S.
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, S.S.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County, Greeting:

We command you to summon [ Gayus ] Duty
to appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next
term thereof, to be held in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the third Monday of April
next, then and there to answer the complaint of HenryHenry LohreLohre a free
man of Color
as set forth in the annexed petition
and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Michael S. CerreMichael S Cerre , Clerk of said Court, with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in
the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this Tenth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty two

M. S. CerreM S Cerre

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 tenth day ofMarch 1852

Chas F Meyer


L.S.
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HenryHenry Lohre (of Color)
vs
[ Gayus ] Duty

It is ordered by the Court that the
within petitioner be allowed to sue
on giving Security satisfactorily to
the Clerk for all costs that may
be adjudged against him.
That said petitioner have reasonable
liberty to attend his Counsel
Blennerhassett & Shreve as occasion
may require - that he be not removed
out of the Jurisdiction of this
Court and that he be nor subjected
to any severity on account of
his application for freedom.
St. LouisSt LouisFeb 26th 1852.

A. HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Judge 8th
Judicial Cir.
Mo

a true copy attest

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

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A true copy of the writ &
petition

M. S. CerreM S Cerre , Clk

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No.April T. 1852
HenryHenry LohreLohre , Plff
vs
[ Gaius ] Duty, Deft

Plea

Filed 10th March 1852

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

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HenryHenry LohreLohre plaintiff
vs
[ Gaius ] Duty, Defendant

Circuit CourtCircuit Court
St. Louis County

And the said defendant by ThomasThomas HarveyHarvey his
attorney comes & defends the force & injury &
and says that he is not guilty of the said
supposed imprisonment above laid to his charge
in manner & form as the said plaintiff hath above
thereof complained against him-
And of this he
puts himself upon the County

Thos: Harvey

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And for further plea in this behalf defendant says
that said plaintiff whose name is HenryHenry ,
is a slave for life & is the property of defendant; and that
as such property he said defendant does hold said
plaintiff to labour & service which by the laws of
this state & of the Constitution of the United StatesUnited States
he defendant has the right to hold said plain
tiff as his slave.
And this he said defendant
is ready to verify.
Wherefore he prays judge-
ment &

Thos: Harvey
Attorney for Deft.

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ThomasThomas HarveyHarvey , the agent & attorney for
Defendant [ Gaius ] Duty makes oath & says
that he believes the within pleas & the
matters therein stated as stated are true.

Thos: Harvey

Sworn to & subscribed
4th March 1852

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

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Nov. Term 1851
Thursday 26 Feb. 1852
HenryHenry LohreLohre
vs
Gay Duty

In the matter of
HenryHenry LohreLohre suing for
freedom
In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1851

Being satisfied from the within
statement of ThomasThomas HarveyHarvey that the
within named petitioner HenryHenry LohreLohre is likely
to be removed beyond the Jurisdiction of this
Court before the termination of his suit for freedom
It is ordered by this Court that the clerk issue a
warrant under the Seal of this Court for the apprehension
of the said Petitioner & that he be brought without delay
before this Court.
It is further ordered that the Sheriff
take possession of said petitioner and hire him out
to the best advantage from time to time during the
residency of the suit.
And that said Sheriff take a Bond
from the hirer payable to the state of MissouriMissouri in the
penal sum of Fourteen hundred dollars with such
security as the Sheriff approves that
the petitioner shall during the pendency
of his suit have reasonable liberty of attending
his counsel & the Court.
That he shall not be
removed out of the Jurisdiction of this
Court during the pendency of his suit and
that he shall not be subjected to any severity
on account of his application for freedom-
and that the hirer will pay the hire to the
Sheriff and return the said petitioner at
the expiration of the term for which
he is hired or as soon as said suit is determined.

A. H. Judge

, March 11, 1852.
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HenryHenry LohreLohre
vs
Gay Duty

Circuit CourtCircuit Court St. Louis County
Suit for freedom

[ Gaius ] Duty the Defendant herein by his
agent & attorney ThomasThomas HarveyHarvey states
that said plaintiff or petitioner, also
known as HarryHarry of right belongs to
him and that he is his own property-
that for some time past he has eluded
the search of defendant - But that he
defendant has possession of said HarryHarry
now & that he intends to have him sent home
to his owner - & that he shall do so unless
restrained by due course of law.
He states that HarryHarry is worth seven hundred
dollars

[ Gaius ] Duty
By Thos: Harvey