Lydia vs. John Butler
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Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit
March Term 1819.

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis. to writLydiaLydia
a free girl held in Slavery and who is
permitted by the court to sue as a
poor person by J BartonJ Barton and Herry S.
Geyer his attornies assigned by the court
as counsel for the said LydiaLydia complains
of John Butler of a plea of Trespass
for that the said John Butter heretofore
to writ 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 the said LydiaLydia and
then and there beat bruised and ill
treated her the said LydiaLydia and
then and there imprisoned her
the said LydiaLydia and kept and
detained her in prisoned without
any reasonable or probable cause

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whatsoever; and has ever since kept
and still doth keep and detain
her in prison against the will of the
said LydiaLydia and contrary to the Laws
of this Territory. and other ways to the
said LydiaLydia then and there did
against the peace of the UnitedUnited States
StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica-and to the Dam
age of the Said LydiaLydia five hundred
dollars; and therefore she sues & Co.

J.Barton & GeyerGeyer atts