Andrew petitions by his mother and next friend Celeste, charging that "he is now held in slavery by a certain Peter Sarpy contrary to law." He informs the court that the Circuit Court of St. Louis recently declared that Judy, his maternal grandmother, and other family members, including Celeste, "to be free." He submits, however, that Sarpy claims him as his slave and that he fears Sarpy will remove him from the jurisdiction of the court. Andrew therefore prays that "he may be permitted to bring suit as a poor person ... for the recovery of his freedom against the said Peter Sarpy." He further requests that Sarpy "be compelled to give bond and security to have your petitioner forthcoming to answer and abide by the Judgement of the court in the premises."
Result: Petition granted; plea of trespass filed.
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Repository: Civil Courts Building, St. Louis, Missouri