Peter, a free man of color vs. James Walton, George Walton
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In circuit court to
March term 1828

St. LouisSt Louis county to writ

PeterPeter a free man of color by his next friend Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin complains of James WaltonJames Walton of
a plea of trespass. For that the said James WaltonJames Walton
on the 1st day of August in the year 1827 with force
and arms made a assault upon & in the said PeterPeter on in the said
county of St. LouisSt Louis and then
and there with great force and violence struck
the said PeterPeter a great many blows and
strikes and then imprisoned and
detained him the said PeterPeter in his possession and detained himunjustly to wit
at the county of St. LouisSt Louis; without reasonable or probable cause whatsoever of
to wit for the space of six weeks than contrary to the laws of this state and against
the will of the said PeterPeter where he the
said PeterPeter was then and there greatly bruised, hurt and
at the of the of the said grievances of assault and Battery and false
imprisonment to wit on the first day of August in the year 1827 at the county of St. LouisSt Louisaforesaid
He the said PeterPeter was and still is a free person and
the said JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton then and there held him
and obtained him and still holds and detains
him in slavery and other wrongs to the said PeterPeter
then and there did to him great damage of the
said PeterPeter and against the peace of the state
wherefore he the said PeterPeter saith that he is
injured and hath sustained damage to the amount
of $ 500 and therefore he brings suit