Petition #20483516


Mary Anne Gray, a free mulatto woman about seventy years old, has been committed to the Penitentiary Department of the Washington Asylum. She asserts that "Elizabeth Butler and Matilda Anne Butler, the negro women upon whose oaths, your petitioner was committed, are not credible citizens. That the said Matilda Anne Butler is a notorious prostitute; and that the said Eliza Butler, is to say least of her, a drunken, disorderly, and worthless person." The Butlers accused Gray of "using profane language" and of "keeping a house of ill fame." Gray seeks a writ of habeas corpus.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.