Marguerite v. Pierre Chouteau Sr.
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1825

MargueriteMarguerite a free woman of Color, who is
permitted by the Court to sue by her next
friend PierrePierre Barribeau, as a poor person
for her freedom, by her [ Attornies ] Harris Gamble and
McGirkMcGirk assigned as counsel by the court, com
plains of PierrePierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau of a plea
of Trespass,forthat the said PierrePierre , hereto
for 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
St. LouisSt Louis, unlawfully an assault did make in &
upon the body of the said MargueriteMarguerite , and
then and there beat bruised and ill treated
her the said MargueriteMarguerite , and then and there imprisoned
her the said [ MargueriteMarguerite ], and kept &
detained her in prison without any reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever, against her will
and has ever since kept and detained her in
prison, and still keeps & detains her in prison
against the will of the said MargueriteMarguerite , and
contrary to the laws of the state, and other wrongs
to the said MargueriteMarguerite then and there did -
against the peace of the state, Wherefore the said
MargueriteMarguerite says she is greatly injured, and hath
sustained damage to the amount of five hundred
dollars, and therefore she brings her
suit.

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Farris, Gamble and McGirkMcGirk
Attys for plff