State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis.
In the Council court November term 1827.
MaryMary a free girl of color held in slavery who is permitted
by the court to sue as a poor person by the attorneys
John M. Bass & Issac McGirk assigned as counsel by said
court complains of one Francois MenardFrancois Menard & Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
of plea of Trespass with force & arms, for that they the said defen
dants herefore to wit on the first day of January was in the year of one lord eighteen hundred & twenty seven much force
& arms at the county of St. LouisSt Louisaforesaid unlawfully an assault did
make in & upon the said MaryMary , and then & there beat
bruised & ill - treated her the said MaryMary and then
& there imprisoned her and kept & detained her in prison
without any reasonable or probable cause whatsoever and
have ever since kept & detained her the said MaryMary in
prison & do still keep & detain her in prison against
her will contrary to the laws of this state and the said plaintiff avers that before and of the time of the committing the grievances
aforesaid she was & still is a free person and that the defendants held & detained her and still hold & detain her in slavery her the said MaryMary .
and other wrongs then & there did to the said MaryMary against the
peace of this state therefore the said MaryMary says she
is injured and has sustained damage to the amount
of five hundred dollars & therefore she sues
Bass & McGirk, PQ