Following is the description of this document that appeared in the Louisiana Historical Quarterly in January 1935:
The next, or page 7, is Margarita's petition, saying it is evident from the act of emancipation, which she duly presents, that her four children should enjoy their freedom just as she does, but instead they suffer under the power of the Guillory heirs, who are unwilling to free them. Considering that the defendents have petitioned for an opportune occasion to alienate them and to remove them, secretly, beyond the limits of the Colony, she prays the Alcade to order the Commander of Opelousas, Alexandro De Clouet, to notify the Guillory heirs, at their cost, to present themselves in this Tribunal so as to defend their rights, or else appoint an attorney, duly instructed, to represent them, and if they do not appear within four months their defense will not be admitted in Court, and they will be held as usurpers of the freedom of her children, who should now be enjoying it. Permitting her to proceed against them, when the said time has passed, for the damages and prejudices which have been occasioned to her and to them. In a second petition she states that, in order that the foregoing may have effect, she prays to have a despatch issued and sent to Commander Alexandro De Clouet with an enclosure of a written copy of her act of emancipation, of this petition, and of Alcade Panis' decree. The Court rules: In the principal petition the instrument presented by this party is accepted, and in the secondary one let a despatch be issued in due form to Commander at Opelousas, Alexandro De Clouet, with an enclosure of the said instrument, the petition, and this decree, so that upon the sight of it he may be pleased to send to this Tribunal, the four sons of Margarita, the free negress. For this purpose, let him request the help of the Governor of this Province.
Please note that Pages 1-3 are legal-sized pages. Therefore, you might want to save the image to a file (right mouse button - "Save image as.."). Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of entire case (No. 3440) can do so by contacting the Louisiana State Museum, 751 Chartres Street, P.O. Box 2448, New Orleans, LA 70176. Please be warned, however, that the case is 71 pages long and, in 1993, cost almost $25 to copy. You will need to contact the Museum to obtain the current copying costs. Note that this does not include the 1781 case filed by Claude Guillory (No. 3494).Return to "Guillory Family: The infamous Margarita case"