Malinda vs. Phebe Whitesides
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In the Superior CourtSuperior Court . Northern Circuit
March Term 1879

County of S LouisCounty of S Louis. court MalindaMalinda 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 as-
signed as counsel by the said court com-
plains of PhebePhebe Whitesides WhitesidesPhebe Whitesides alias PruittPruitt
of a plea of trespass. In that the said
PhebePhebe her before court 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 and
upon her the said MalindaMalinda , and then
and there beat bruised and ill treated
her the said MalindaMalinda , and then and
there imprisoned her the said MalindaMalinda
and kept and detained her in prison
without any lawful cause whatsoever
and has ever since kept and detained
and still keeps and detains her in prison

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against the will of her the said MalindaMalinda
and contrary to the laws of the 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 MalindaMalinda five
hundred dollars, and therefore she sues

J. BartonJ Barton & GeyerGeyer