Daniel v. John Whitesides
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Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit
March Term 1819

County of St LouisCounty of St Louisto wit; DanielDaniel a free
Boy held in slavery and who is promised
by the Court to sue as a poor person,
by J BartonJ Barton and HenryHenry S. Geyer his
attorneys assigned as counsel by the said
Court. Complains of John WhitesidesJohn Whitesides
of a plea of trespass. For that the
said John WhitesidesJohn Whitesides heretofore. to wit
on the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen with force
and arms at the county aforesaid
unlawfully an assault did make
in an upon the said DanielDaniel and
then and there beat bruised and
ill treated him the said DanielDaniel
and then and there imprisoned him
the said DanielDaniel and kept and
detained him in prison without
any reasonable or probable cause
whatsover and has ever since
kept and still doth keep and