Melinda vs. Rufus Pettibone
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1825

MalindaMalinda a free girl of color, held in slavery
who is permitted by the court to sue, by Alexander ClarkAlexander Clark
her next friend as a poor person, who by her Attorney
EdwardEdward Bates BatesEdward Bates and IsaacIsaac C. McGirkMcGirk assigned as counsel
by saidCourt, Complains of RufusRufus Pettibone PettiboneRufus Pettibone , CharlesCharles B Hatton
B. HattonCharles B Hatton and SallySally his wife, OwenOwen Wingfield WingfieldOwen Wingfield and SallySally
his wife, IsaacIsaac Voteau VoteauIsaac Voteau , John Butter and BetsyBetsy his
wife, JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset , alias WhitesidesWhitesides , MitchelMitchell Hatton HattonMitchell Hatton
and AnneAnne his wife, MichaelMichael Sanford SanfordMichael Sanford and TheresaTheresa his
wife, JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset aliasWhitesides, LucindaWhitset
alias WhitesidesWhitesides of a plea of trespass, for that the
said defendants, heretofore to writ, on the first day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty five, with force and arms at
the county of St LouisSt Louis, unlawfully an assault did
make in and upon the body of the said
linda, and then and there beat bruised and ill treated
her the saidMalindaMalinda , and then and imprisoned her
the said MalindaMalinda and kept and detained her in
prison there, without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever, and have ever since kept and de-
tained her in prison, and do stillkeep and detain
her in prison against her will, contrary to
the laws of this stateand then and thereother
wrongs did to her the said MalindaMalinda against
the peace of this state, MissouriMissouri the said Ma-
linda says she is injured and has sustained
damage to the amount of five hundred dollars
ant therefore she sues

Bates & Mc Girk
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