John Parker v. Offutt. Petition for Freedom


To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for Washington County. The Petition of John Parker humbly sheweth that he is entitled to his freedom & is unlawfully held in bondage as a slave by a certain — Offutt Alford now in Washington County aforesaid in the house of a certain George Miller. Your Petitioner further states that he verily believes that the said           Offutt is about to take him & carry him away by force from this District, out of the Jurisdiction of this Honble Court. Wherefore he prays your Honors to grant him as well the United States write of subpona, as also the United States writ of Injunction enjoining & prohibiting the said           Offutt & George Miller & any of their agents & servants from taking or carrying away your Petitioner out of this courts or removing him out of the Jurisdiction of this Court until the further order of your Honors in the premisses.

FSKey for Petr

On this 22th day of Decr 1815 appeared before me Jesse Torrey Junr & made solemn affirmation that he believes the facts stated in the above petition to be true.

Affirmed before me before me.
Danl Rapine



John Parker

Petin for freedom

Mr Brent,
File this & issue as above within

Filed 22. Dec. 1815

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