Matilda, a free girl of color vs. Marie Louisa Rocheblave and Philip Rocheblave
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StateCircuit Court of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1828

MatildaMatilda a free girl of colour held in slavery, who
is permitted by the Judge to sue as a poor person, by JohnJohn F Darby
FJohn F Darby DarbyJohn F Darby her attorney as Counsel assigned her by the Judge
complains of PhilipPhilip Rocheblave RocheblavePhilip Rocheblave and MaryMaria Louisa Rocheblave LouiseMaria Louisa Rocheblave RocheblaveMaria Louisa Rocheblave
of a plea of Trespass for that the said defendants hertofore
to wit, on the first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eightwithforce
and arms at the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, unlawfully an assault
did make in and upon the said MatildaMatilda and then and
there did beat, bruise and illtreat the said MatildaMatilda and
then and there imprisoned her and kept and detained her
in prison, without any reasonable or probable cause what soever,
and have ever since kept and detained her in prison against
her will contrary to the Laws of the land and other wrongs
then and there did to the said MatildaMatilda And the said
plaintiff owers, that before and at the time of the committing
the grievances aforesaid she was and stil is a free person
and that the defendants held and detained her, and still
hold and detain her in slavery, against the peace of the
state: wherefore the said MatildaMatilda says she is injured
and has sustained damage to the amount of five hundred
dollars and therefore she sues

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