Virginia, 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.

VictoireVictoire a free girl of color held in slavery, who is
permitted by the court to sue by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next - friend as a poor person, by her attorneys
JohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass BassJohn M Bass &IsaacGMcGirkassigned as Counsel
by said court complains of FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard and
AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville of a plea of Trespass with force & arms for that the
said defendants heretofore to wit, 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, aforesaw unlawfully
an assault did make in & upon the said VictoireVictoire
and then and there beat, bruised & ill-treated the said
VictoireVictoire and then & there imprisoned her and kept
and detained her in prison, without any reasonable
or probable cause what soever, and have ever
kept & detained her the said VictoireVictoire in
prison and do still keep and detain her in prison
against her will contrary to the Laws of the state
and the said Plantiff That before & at the time of the committing the grievances aforesaid she was & still
is a free person and the defendentsheld & detainedher & still hold & detain her the
and said VictoireVictoire in slavery other wrongs then and there did to the said /VictoireVictoire
against the peace of the state
wherefore the said VictoireVictoire says she is injured and
has sustained damage to the amount of five
hundred dollars and therefore she sues

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