Milly v. Stephen Smith
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

For the July Term thereof in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis. MillyMilly a free mulatto, woman held in slavery & permitted to sue
by SpaldingSpalding , counsel assigned her according to law, complains of Ste
phen SmithSmith of plea of Trespass. For that the said defendant
heretofore to wit on the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven within the county aforesaid an assault did make
upon said MillyMilly with force & arms, &c., and then and there
beat bruised and ill treated the said plaintiff and then and
there imprisoned her said MillyMilly and kept and detained
her in prison there for a long time to wit for the
space of one month then next following & hitherto,
and said MillyMilly that before and at the time of
committing said grievances, she was and still is a
free person, and that said defendant held and
detained her and still holds and detains her in slavery.
To the damage, of said plaintiff of five hundred dollars
and therefore she brings her suit, &c.

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