Sarah v. Michael Halton
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Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit
March Term 1819.

County of St LouisCounty of St Louisto wit SarahSarah a
free girl held in slavery and of who
is permitted by the court to sue as a
poor person. by J BartonJ Barton and HenryHenry SS Geyer
GeyerS Geyer her attornees assigned by the
Court as counsels complains of MichaelMichael Halton
HaltonMichael Halton of a plea of trespass-for that
the said MichaelMichael Halton HaltonMichael Halton , heretofor
to wit on the first day of January in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteenwith
force and arms at the county
aforesaid lawfully an assault
did make in and upon the said
SarahSarah and then and there beat
bruise and said
SarahSarah and then and there
imprisoned the said SarahSarah and kept and detained her in prisonwithout any reasonable
on probable cause whatever and