Petition for Leave to Sue For Freedom

The Judge of the St. Louis Circuit Court grants this petitioner leave to sue etc. as prayed for, and orders: First. That the petitioner Dred Scott be allowed to sue, on giving security satisfactory to the Clerk, for all costs that may be adjudged against him.

Second. That said Dred Scott have reasonable liberty to attend his counsel and the Court, as occasion may require: and 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.

St. LouisApril 6. 1846

John M Krum

Judge St. Louis Circuit Court