Hannah, a free girl vs. Phebe Whitesides
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In the Superior CourtSuperior Court . Northern Circuit
March Term 1819

County of S LouisCounty of S Louis, HannahHannah a free
girl held in slavery and who is permitted by the
Court to sue as a poor person by J BartonJ Barton
and HenryHenry S. Geyer her assigned as counsel
by the said Court complains of PhebePhebe Whitesides WhitesidesPhebe Whitesides
alias PruittPruitt of a place of her trespass. For
that the said PhebePhebe heretofore traveled in 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 and
upon her the said HannahHannah and then
and there did beat wound and ill treat
her the said HannahHannah and then and
there imprisoned her the said HannahHannah
and kept and detained her in prison
without any lawful cause whatsoever
and has ever since kept and detain and
still doth keep and detain her in
prison against the will of the said

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HannahHannah and contrary to the cause of
this Territory. And other wrongs to her then
and there did against the peace of
the United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica, and to the damage of the said HannahHannah five
hundred dollars, and therefore she sues

Barton & Geyer
for plff