Theresa Blackwell v. Robert Hall. 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 Theresa Blackwell a coloured woman, humbly sheweth unto your Honors, that she is entitled to her freedom and is unjustly detained and held in bondage by one Robert Hall of the state of Virginia who claims your petitioner his Slave, wherefore your petitioner prays your Honors to grant a subpoena to be directed to the said Robert Hall and such other relief in the premises as may be according to Law. and your petitioner will as is duty bound ever pray &c

Theresa Blackwell
by D Ratcliffe & Key. her attys



Theresa Blackwell
Robt Hall

The clerk will please file this petition and issue accourdingly
Ratcliff & Key

Filed 7th January 1851.