Malinda and Nelly, people of color, by and through their next friend, Beriah Cleland v. Robert Wilburn
View original image: Page  003
[missing figure]

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court - Oct Term 1823

County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSs. MalindaMalinda a free person of color
by BeriahBeriah Cleland ClelandBeriah Cleland her next friend complains
of Robert WilburnRobert Wilburn of a plea of trespass, assault
and Battery & falseimprisonment with force
and arms, for that the said RobertRobert heretofor
to wit on the eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred twenty two
with force and arms an assault upon the
said MalindaMalinda did make to wit at the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis aforesaid, and then there beat
bruised wounded and ill treated her the
said MalindaMalinda & then & there imprisoned
her the said MalindaMalinda and kept and detained
her in prison there without any reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever for a long time
court for the space of six months then next
following contrary to the laws of this state
and contrary to the will of the said MalindaMalinda
against the peace & dignity of the state
to the damage of the plaintiff of five hundred
dollars & therefore he brings suit &

BeriahBeriah Cleland ClelandBeriah Cleland
next friend