Aspasie, a woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau
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In the Circuit to Court July Term 1827.

St. Louis County Court,

AspasieAspasia who is permitted to sue as a
poor person by McGirk & Bent her attorneys complains of
FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau of a plea of trespass with force and
arms for that whereas heretofore towith on thefirst day of June in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Twenty six. The said Francois ChouteauFrancois Chouteau to wit
at the county of St. LouisSt Louis aforesaid, an assault did make
in and upon the body of the said AspasieAspasia
then there beat bruised ill-treated, & imprisoned her
the said AspasieAspasia there the said AspasieAspasia then & there kept
and detained in prison against her will & consent &
without any reasonable or probable cause, for a long
period of time towit for the Term of eleven months