Winnetta vs. Ephrain Musick
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit court July term 1825

Winetta a free girl of color held in slavery and
who is permitted by the court to sue as a poor person
by Alexander ClarkAlexander Clark her next friend who by
her attornies Edward BatesEdward Bates and Issac Mc GcGirkassigned
as counsel by the said court complains of
Ephraim MusickEphraim Musick and of Charles B. HattonCharles B Hatton of SallySally his wife
Owen WingfieldOwen Wingfield of SallySally his wife IsaacIsaac Voteau VoteauIsaac Voteau and
John Butter and BetsyBetsy his wife John WhitsetJohn Whitset alias WhitesidesWhitesides
Mitchel HattonMitchell Hatton and AnneAnne his wife Michael SanfordMichael Sanford and
TheresaTheresa his wife John WhitsetJohn Whitset alias Whitesdes Jr. and LucindaLucinda Whitset
WhitsetLucinda Whitset alias Whitsides of a plea of trespassfor the
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 Winetta & then & there beat bruised
and ill treated her the said Winetta and then and
there imprisoned her the said Winetta and kept and and
detained her in prison without any reason ableor
probable cause whatsoever, and have even since kept
and detained her in prison and do still keep and
detain her in prison against the will of the said
Winetta and contrary to the laws of this state and other
wrongs to the said Winetta then & there did against the peace
of the state. Wherefore the said Winetta says she is injured has sustained
damage to the amount of five hundred dollars & therefore
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Bates & McGirk attys for Plff.