Emanuel Gasbury v. Henry W. Ball. Petition for Freedom


To the Honourable the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington

The Petition of Emanuel Gasbury a negro man respectfully sheweth That your Petitioner is entitled to his freedom and is nevertheless unjustly held & detained in bondage as a slave by a certain Henry W. Ball and your Petitioner therefore prays a subpena to be issued directed to the said Henry W. Ball commanding him to appear and answer to your Petitioner in the premises and that your honours will grant him such other relief in the premises as to your honors may seem just & right

F.S. Key for Petr


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Emanuel Gasbury
Henry W. Ball

Petn for Freedom

Mr Beall
Please file it & issue sbpa. yrs &c.
F.S. Key

filed 13th May 1813