Harriet Humphreys v. Robert W. Hunter. Petition for Freedom


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

Harriet Humphreys by Matilda Butler her next friend files this her petition & respectfully represents unto your Honors that one Robert W Hunter now holds & unjustly detains your petitioner in bondage as a slave and your petitioner further represents to your Honors that she is in fact & [illegible] a free negro woman & entittled to her uncontroled[?] freedom and she prays your Honors to grant her the usual subpoena commanding the said Robert W Hunter to be & appear before your Honors & answer &c & hear & determine her case according to law.

Chas S Wallach
for Petitioner


140. 133

Hariet Humphreys by Matilda Butler her next friend
Robt W Hunter

Peto For Freedom

file this & issue as above
C S Wallach
for Petr

Filed 18th June 1856.