Lemman Dutton, a girl of color, by and through her next friend, Grace Dutton v. John Paca
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1834

Saint LouisSt Louis Country Court

LemmanLemman Dutton DuttonLemman Dutton a free woman of
colour by H R GambleH R Gamble counsel assigned to her com
plains of John PacaJohn Paca of a plea of Trespass
For That the said defendant heretoforeto wit
on the first day of June in the year enghteen hundred and thirty fourwith force and arms at the
County aforesaid an assault did make in and
upon the said plaintiff and her the said plaintiff
then and there did beat bruise and ill treat
and did then and there imprison the said
plaintiff and hath ever since kept and detain
-ed the said plaintiff in prison and in slavery
and still holds the said plaintiff in slavery
she the said plaintiff at the time of committing
the said grievances and from thencehitherto and now being a free person to wit at the County aforesaid
and other wrongs to the said plaintiff then
and there did to the great damage of the
said plaintiff and against the peace and dignity of the state and the said plaintiff saith she hath sustained damage to the amount of five hundrend dollars & therefore shesues &c

H R GambleH R Gamble
Atty forplff