Daniel Bell v. John Stephenson. 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 Daniel Bell a coloured man humbly complaining sheweth unto your Honors that your Petitioner is entitled to his freedom and is unjustly held in bondage by John Stephenson who claims your Petitioner as his slave Wherefore your Petitioner prays your Honors to grant a subpoena to the said John Stephenson directed and such relief in the premises as may be according to law

John J Dermott atty for Petitioner



Daniel Bell
John Stephenson

Mr Brent will please issue as above
J J Dermott
24th Sept 1835

Filed 24 Sept 1835

The Clerk will enter me Secy for costs
Edward W Clark