Lagrange v. Chouteau - 29 U.S. 287 (1830)
U.S. Supreme Court
Lagrange v. Chouteau, 29 U.S. 4 Pet. 287 287 (1830)
Lagrange v. Chouteau
29 U.S. (4 Pet.) 287
After the decision of the case in the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, the plaintiff presented a petition for a rehearing, claiming his freedom under the provisions of the ordinance of Congress of 13 July, 1787, for the government of the Territory of the United States northwest of the River Ohio. The supreme court refused to grant the rehearing, and the plaintiff prosecuted a writ of error to this Court under the twenty-fifth section of the Judiciary Act of 1789. Held that as the petition for rehearing forms no part of the record, it cannot be noticed. The jurisdiction of this Court depends or, the matter disclosed in the bill of exceptions,
An action of trespass vi et armis was brought in the state Circuit Court of the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, by the plaintiff in error, a man of color, against Pierre Chouteau, the defendant, for the purpose of trying his right to freedom. The judgment of the circuit court was against the plaintiff, and on an appeal to the Supreme Court of Missouri, that judgment was affirmed.
The case was brought before this Court by writ of error to the Supreme Court of Missouri under the twenty-fifth section of the Act to establish judicial courts of the United States, passed on 29 September, 1789.
The case is fully stated in the opinion of the Court.