Cordelia Wilson v. Brown. Petition for Freedom


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

The petition of Cordelia Wilson a black woman humbly sheweth to your Honors that the said Cordelia is entitled to her freedom and is unlawfully held in bondage and slavery by a certain Brown now in Washington County aforesaid and kept in the house of a certain George Miller— Your Petitioner further states that she verily believes that the said Brown is about to take and carry her away by force from this District out of the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court. Wherefore she prays your Honors to grant her as well the United States writ of Subpoena & also the United States writ of Injunction enjoining and prohibiting the said Brown & George Miller their & each other agents and servants from taking and conveying away your Petitioner out of this Country or removing her out of the jurisdiction of this Court untill the further order of your Honors in the premises.

FS Key for Petitioner

On this 22nd day of December 1815 appeared before me Jesse Torrey Jr and made solemn affirmation that he believes the facts stated in the above petition to be true

affirmed Sworn before me
Dan Rapine



Cordelia Wilson

Petn. for freedom

File this & issue the within
E.B. Caldwell

Filed 22 Dec 1815.

Wm Brent
Let the sbpa & Injunction issue as prayed on the filing this petition
22 Dec 1815
Jas S Morsell
Ass. Judge