George Relf vs. Thompson H. Ficklin
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In St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court.
July Term 1828

GeorgeGeorge a man of color other wise called George RelfeGeorge Relfe by GeyerGeyer his attorney complains of Thompson H. FicklinThompson H Ficklin
of a plea of Trespass, assault & battery
& false imprisonment For that the said
defendant on the fourth day of July in the
year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty
eight with force and arms, made an assault
upon the said plaintiff to wit at the county of
St LouisSt Louis aforesaid and then and there beat, bruised and ill-treated him the said plaintiff
and then & there imprisoned the said
plaintiff, and kept and detained him in prison there without any reasonable or probable cause
whatsoever and against the will of the said
plaintiff and then there held and detained
him the said plaintiff and still holds &
detains him in slavery, and the said plaintif
avers that before & at the time of the committing the
said severy grievances he was and still
is a free person - Wherefore the said
plaintiff saith he is injured & hath sustained
damage to the value of five hundred dollars
& therefore he brings suit.


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