Letitia Davis v. Rebecca Forrest. Petition for Freedom


To the Honble the Judges of The Circuit Court of The District of Columbia for the County of Washington

The Petition of Læticia or Letty Davis commonly so called

Humbly shewth

That Your Petitioner is entitled to her freedom by birth right. That your Petitioner has a daughter named Rachael, who has a Son named Henry, all of whom together with your Petitioner, are held in Slavery by Rebecca Forrest, who resides within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court; she therefore prays that process may issue against the said Rebecca Forrest, so that Your Petitioner, on behalf of herself, her Child, and Grand Child, may assert their right to be relieved from bondage. And Your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray

Læticia commonly called Letty Davis
14 Augt 1809

I undertake to appear as Attorney to prosecute the above claim to freedom.
Henry Hiort


113 214. 343. 194

Letty Davis
Rebecca Forrest

Petition for freedom

Please issue a Summons under the Act of Maryland.
H: Hiort

Filed 16th Augt 1809.