Richard Henry Williams v. Joseph M. White. 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 Richard Henry Williams by his Mariah White his mother & next friend & humbly sets forth to your honors that he is a boy of color and entitled to his freedom and is now held in a state of slavery by one Joseph M White contrary to law and your petitioners just rights. your petitioner therefore prays your honors to grant such relief as he may be lawfully entitled to and such process of your honorable court against the said Joseph M White as is usual in such cases to compell the attendance of the said Joseph M White in your honorable court to ensure the petition and to enter the usual security and recognisance, not to remove your petitioner beyond the jurisdiction of this court and as in duty bound will ever pray &c

Robert Beale for Petitioner



Richard Henry Williams by his mother & next friend
Joseph M White

Pet. for freedom

filed 14th Decr. 1829.