Edmund vs. John Reynolds,
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In the St LouisSt Louis circuit Court
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Set.

July Term 1828

EdmundEdmund a free boy of Colour who is permitted by the Court to sue by
his next
friend as a poor person by his attorneyCharlessCharless assigned
as Counsel by the court, complains of John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds of
a plea of trespass for that the said defendant heretofore
to wit on the first day of January eighteen hundred and twenty eight, with force and arms at the city of St LouisSt Louis unlawfully
an assault did make upon the body of said EdmundEdmund
and then and then did beat bruise and ill-treat him said
EdmundEdmund and then and then imprisoned him said EdmundEdmund and
kept and detained him in prison without any reasonable or
probable cause whatsoever against the will of said EdmundEdmund
and has ever since kept and detained him said EdmundEdmund
in prison and still keeps and detains him in prison against
his will without any reasonable or probable cause
whatsoever contrary to the laws of this state
And the said plaintiff aver that before and at the
time of the committing of the said several grievances
he was and still is a free person, and that the defendant
holds and detained him in SlaveryAnd the said defendent
other wrongs then and there did to him said EdmundEdmund
against the peace and dignity of the state wherefore the said
EdmundEdmund says he is injured and has sustained damages
to the amount of one hundred dollars and
therefore he suesCharlessJr.Attyperquerente