James Thomas v. Thomas Beatty Jr. 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 James Thomas Humbly sheweth

That your Petitioner was born entitled to Freedom; yet he is detained in slavery by Thomas I Beatty Jr. who resides within the jurisdiction of this Court; he therefore prays that process may issue from your Honorable Court, so that he may assert his right, and

Your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray

James Thomas as in propria personae
8th Augst 1809

At the Trial of this Claim I will appear as Counsel for James Thomas
Henry Hiort

To Wm Brent Esqr
Clerk of the Court


119 215. 244. 195.

James Thomas
Thos. I Beatty Jr

Petn for Freedom.

8th Augst 1809

Please issue a summons
H: Hiort

Filed 21th August 1809.