Fortune Scott v. William F. Masters. Petition for Freedom


To the Hon. Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for Washington County

The petition of Fortune Scott of Washington County [illegible] represents that he is entitled to his freedom by the Laws of the County and that William F. Masters in his own right and as natural guardian of his minor children, Amelia, Francis and Martha holds him in slavery.

He therefor prays yr Honors to grant him a summons for said William F. Masters and thereupon a hearing of his case, that yr Honors do give Judgment in favor of yr Petitioner yr and as in duty bound, he will ever pray &c

Brent & Brent for Petitioner


41 154. 96.

Fortune Scott
William F. Masters

Petition for Freedom

The clerk will please to file this and issue these as the Law directs
Brent & Brent for Petr

Jany 18, 1836

Filed 20 Jany 1836.