Joseph Jefferson, a free man of Colour vs. James McKnight, William McCutcheon
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court November Term 1826

Joseph JeffersonJoseph Jefferson a free man of colour
who is permitted by the Court to sue as a poor person
by I his attorney assigned as counsel by this
court of William M Cutchen and famed
M Knight of a plea of trespass, For that the
said WilliamWilliam and famed heretofore court on the first day of July in the year of Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six, with force and arms at the
city of St LouisSt Louisunlawfully and assault did make upon
the body of said JosephJoseph and then and there did
and him said JosephJoseph and then and there
imprisoned him said JosephJoseph and kept and detained him in
prison without any reasonable or probable cause whatso-
ever against the will of said JosephJoseph and have eversince
kept and detained him said JosephJoseph in prison and still
keep and detain him said JosephJoseph in person without any
reasonable or probable causewhatsoever, Countrary to the
laws of this State, and the said WilliamWilliam and JamesJames other
wrongs then and there did him said JosephJoseph against
the peace and dignity of the State.

Wherefore the said JosephJoseph says he is injured and
hath sustained damaged from said WilliamWilliam and JamesJames
to the amount of eight hundred dollars and therefore he
sucs-

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