Sarah Davis v. James Clerklee. Petition for Freedom


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

The Petition of Sarah Davis Humbly sheweth

That Your Petitioner is detained in Slavery by a certain James Clark Lee who resides within the Jurisdiction of this Court. That your Petitioner is advised that she is entitled to her freedom having been born of Parents entitled to the Same right; she therefore Prays your Honors that process may issue so that she the said Sarah may maintain her pretensions. And also Prays that she may be permitted to assertain her claim

H Hiort for Complainant

Pray issue the Subpeana immediately & send it to me

13th April 1809



Sarah Davis
James Clerklee

Petn for freedom

filed 13th Apl 1809.