Gabriel v. John Stuart. 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 negroes Gabriel the elder, Nelly his wife, and Gabriel the younger and Rachel respectfully shows that your petitioners are entitled to their freedom, and are unjustly held in bondage by John G. Stuart, who claims them as slaves. Your petitioners therefore pray for the United States writ of subpena to the said John G. Stuart directed, and that he may be compelled to appear and answer thereto, and that your petitioners may be discharged, &c.

P R Fendall for the Petitioners


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Negroes Gabriel, the elder, Nelly and Gabriel the younger and Rachel
John G. Stuart

Col. Brent will be pleased to file this petition, give a certificate thereof to the Petitioners, and issue a subpoena.
P. R. Fendall for Petrs.
February 20. 1833

fd 20th February 1833