Aspasia, a free woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau, Pierre Menard
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court , March Term 1828
St. Louis County to wit

AspasiaAspasia , who is permitted to sue as a poor
person, by McGirkMcGirk and BentBent her attorneys, complains
of FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau & Peter MenardPeter Menard of a plea of
trespass with force and arms, for that whereas
heretofore to wit, on the first day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty six the said FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau ,Peter MenardPeter Menard
to wit at the county of St. LouisSt Louis aforesaid, an
assault did make in and upon the body
of the said AspasiaAspasia & her then and there
did beat, bruise & ill treat her the said AspasiaAspasia
and imprison her the said AspasiaAspasia ,
and her the said AspasiaAspasia then and there
kept and detained in prison against her will
and consent contrary to the law of the land
and without any reasonable or probable
causes, for a long time, to wit, for the term
of Eighteen months & five days and her the said AspasiaAspasia ,
they the said FrancoisFrancois & PeterPeter still detain in prison
and confinement contrary to the laws of
this state, and other wrongs to her the said
AspasiaAspasia then and there did, against this peace
& dignity of the state of MissouriMissouri; And the said
AspasiaAspasia aver, that before and at the time of
the committing the grievances aforesaid, that she
was and still is a free person, and that said
FrancoisFrancois & PeterPeter the defendants held & detained her &
still hold & detain her in slavery, wherefore the
said AspasiaAspasia saith she is injured and was sustained
damage from the said FrancoisFrancois & PeterPeter to the
sum of one thousand dollars, wherefore she

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