Ralph Butler v. John Lucas. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable the judges of the General Court

The petition of Ralph Butler humble sheweth that he is held in slavery by John Lucas of St Marys County altho he is entitled to his freedom being the son of Nelly Butler who was Daughter of Jane Butler who was Daughter of Eleanor Butler a free white woman. Your petitioner therefore prays your honors to Direct summons to issue against the said John Lucas and that the premises considered he be Discharged and he will pray and so forth.

G. Duvall for Petr


Ralph Butler
John Lucas


Mr Gwinn,
File it & Issue Summons
G. Duvall.

Depo as Igns vs Joseph Simmes
Octo 1791

Filed 14 May 1789

Isd sums retble to next Court

Octo 1791