Theotiste alias Cathicthe v. Pierre Chouteau
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis


In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
July Term 1827.

Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche , a free woman of
colour, held in slavery, who is permitted by the Court
to sue, as a poor person, who by her attorney JohnJohn F Darby FJohn F Darby
DarbyJohn F Darby assigned as counsel by said Court, Complains
of Pierre ChouteauPierre Chouteau Jr JrPierre Chouteau Jr . of a plea of trespass, for
that heretofore to wit, on the first day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, Anno Christi, with force and arms at the County of SaintCounty of Saint Louis
LouisCounty of Saint Louis, unlawfully an assault did make in and upon
the said Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche and then and there
did beat, bruise, wound and ill treat, her the said
Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche , and her the said Theotiste
alias CathictheCaticheCatiche then and there unlawfully and injuriously,
against the will and without the consent of the said
Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche and also against the laws of
this state, without any legal warrants, authority, or
justifiable cause did imprison &
detain; and hath ever since kept and detained her the
said Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche and still doth keep and
detain her in prison; and other wrongs to the said
Theotiste alias CathictheCaticheCatiche then and there did against
the peace of the state and the said CaticheCatiche doth aver that before and at the time of the committing the grievances she was & still is a free person & is held in slavery by said PierrePierre . Wherefore the said Theotiste
alias CathictheCaticheCatiche says she is [ injuried ] and has sus-
tained damage to the amount of five hundred dollars,
and therefore she sues &c

DarbyDarby for plff