Jenny vs. Charles Halton
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Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit
March Term 1819

County of the Louis to writ; JerryJerry a
free Boy held in slavery and who is
permitted by the court to sue as a poor
person by and HenryHenry S. Geyer
his attornies assigned a Counsel by the
Court aforesaid complains of CharlesCharles Hatton
HattonCharles Hatton of a plea of trespass - For that
the said CharlesCharles heretofore. to writ; on the first day of January in theyear 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 the said JerryJerry and then
and there beatbruised and
ill treated him the said
JerryJerry and then and there imprison-
ed him the said JerryJerry and
kept and detained him
in prison without any reasonable

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or probable cause whatsoever; and
has ever since kept and still
doth keep and detain him in
prison against the will of him
the said JerryJerry ; and contrary to
the laws of this Territory and other
wrongs to the said JerryJerry there
and there did against the
peace of the United StatesUnited States
of AmericaAmerica and to the damage
of the said JerryJerry five hundred
dollars and therefore he
sues.

J. BartonJ Barton & atts.