Elizabeth, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November term 1827.

ElizabethElizabeth a free girl of color held in slavery who is
permitted by the court to sue by Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next friend as a poor person, by her attorney JohnJohn M Bass
MJohn M Bass BassJohn M Bass & IsaacIsaac C McGirkMcGirk assigned by said court as
Counsel, Complains of FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard & Andre Landeville of a plea of trespass , with force & arms for that the said defendants
heretofore to writ on the first day of January, One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven with force and arms
at the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis aforesaid unlawfully an assault did
make in and upon the said ElizabethElizabeth and then & there
beat bruised and ill-treated the said ElizabethElizabeth and
then & there imprisoned her and kept and detained her
in prison without any probable & reasonable cause what
soever and have ever since kept & detained her in
prison and do still keep & detain her the said ElizabethElizabeth
in prison against her will, contrary to the laws
of the State and the said plainfiffs that before & at the time of the committing thisgrievance
aforesaid she was & still is a free person and that the defendants held & detained & still hold & detain
her the said ElizabethElizabeth in slavery and other wrongs then & there did to
the said ElizabethElizabeth against the peace of this state;
wherefore the said ElizabethElizabeth says she is injured
and has sustained damage to the amount of
five hundred dollars and therefore she sues & C

Bass & McGirk
Atty P Q.