Aspasie, a woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtJuly Term 1827.

Francois ChouteauFrancois Chouteau vs. AspasieAspasia

And the said ChouteauChouteau by J SpaldingJ Spalding his attorney
comes and defends the force and injury when
& c. and says that he is not guilty of the said supposed trespasses above
laid to his charge or any past thereof in manner and form in as the said
AspasieAspasia hath above thereof complained against him and of this he said
ChouteauChouteau defendant puts himself upon Country &c.

And for a further plea in this behalf said defendant
says that said plaintiff ought not to have or maintain her aforesaid
action thereof against him because he says that the said
plaintiff was at the time when said several supposed trespasses
were committed and during all that time & from thence hitherto
was & now is, the slave of him the said defendant and this he
is ready to verify; wherefore he prays judgment if the said
plaintiff ought have or maintain her aforesaid action
against him &c.

J. SpaldingJ Spalding

for defnt