Elizabeth, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtJuly Term 1827

JohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass .BassJohn M Bass present to the Court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia,VictoireVictoire children
of MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institutesuit
against Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for Establishing their right to
freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons Therefore the Court
permit the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire and VirginiaVirginia to sue as aforesaid and direct that
an action of assault and battery and false imprisonment be commenced against
the said defendants by their next friend in the name of the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire
and VirginiaVirginia and assignJohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass .BassJohn M Bass and IsaacIsaac CMcGirkMcGirk as their counsel and it
is ordered by the court that the said defendants permit the said plaintiffs to have a
reasonable liberty of attending their counsel and the court when occasion may
require it and that the said plaintiffs shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction
of this Court and that the said plaintiff shall not be subject to any severity
of treatment on account of then said application for freedom

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk