Virginia 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..

VirginiaVirginia a free girl of color held in slavery who is
permitted by he court to sue byAlexis AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next friend as a poor person by her attorneys
John M BassJohn M Bass & IsaacIsaac C McGirkMcGirk assigned as Counsel
by said writ complains of Francois MenardFrancois Menard & AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville of a plea of trespass with force & arms for that the said defendants
heretofore to writ on the first day of Jany in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred twenty seven
with force & arms at the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louisaforesaw unlawfully
an assault did make in & upon the said VirginiaVirginia
and then and there beat bruised &ill-treated the said
VirginiaVirginia and then & there imprisoned her and kept
and detained, her in prison without any reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever, and have ever
since kept & detained her the said VirginiaVirginia in prison
and do still, detain & keep her in prison against her will contrary to the laws of the state and the plaintiff avers that before & at the time of the committing thegrievances aforesaid she was &
still is a free person and that the defendants held & detained her & still hold & detain
her the said plaintiff in slavery and
other wrongs then and there did to the said VirginiaVirginia
against the peace of this state wherefore the said VirginiaVirginia
says she is injured & has sustained damage
to the amount of five hundred dollar and therefore
shesues &c

Bass & McGirk
Alty P. Q.