Lorinda v. Rufus Pettibone et. al.
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Ss In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1825

LorindaLorinda 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 attor
nies Edward BatesEdward Bates and IssacIssac C. McGerk assigned
as counsel by said Court, complains of of Ra
feez PettibonePettibone , CharlesCharles B Hatton B HattonCharles B Hatton and SallySally his $wife

, Owen WingfieldOwen Wingfield and SallySally his wife, Isaac
John Butler and BetsyBetsy his wife, John Whiteset alias
Whitesides, Mitchel Hattan and AnneAnne his wife, Mr.
ChadSanfordSanford and TheresaTheresa his wife, John Whiteset
alias WhitesidesWhitesides , and LucindaLucinda Whiteset, alias WhitesidesWhitesides
of a plea of trespass, for that they the said de
fendants heretofore to wit, 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
StLouisSt Louis , unlawfully an assault did make in and
upon the said LucindaLucinda , and then and there beat
bruised and ill treated her the said LorindaLorinda , and
then and there imprisoned her and kept and de
tained her in prisonwithout any reasonable or
probable cause whatsoever, and have ever since kept
and detained her the said LorindaLorinda in prison &
do still kept and detain her in prison against
her will,contrary to the laws of this state, and other wrongs then and there did to the said Lo
rinda, against the peace of this state, wherefore
the said LorindaLorinda says she is injured and has
sustained damage, to the amount of five hundred
dollars, and therefore she sues &c.

Bates & McGirk
Attys for plff