William Henry vs. David G. Bates
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St. Louis Circuit Court For July Term 1830

County of St.LouisCounty of St Louisss.William HenryWilliam Henry , a black man
held in slavery, permitted to sue as a poor person, by J. SpaldingJ Spalding
assigned as his committed attomey, complains of
David G. BatesDavid G Bates . of a plea of trespass. For that the said
David G. BatesDavid G Bates on the first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundered and thirty with force and
arm. He made an assault on the said William HenryWilliam Henry to
wit at said County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis then and there beat bruised
and ill- treated him the said plaintiff and then & there in
prisonedhim the said plaintiff & kept & detained him
in prison there without any reasonable cause for
a long space of time to wit from then hitherto
contrary to the law of the State of MissouriMissouri & against
the will of the said plaintiff, and said plaintiff aver
that before and at the time of the committing of said
grievances he said plaintiff was and still is a free
person, & that the said defendant held & detained &
still holds and detains him said plaintiff in slavery. And the said defendant then & there
did other wrongs to the said plaintiff against the peace of the
State of MissouriMissouri & to the damage of the said plaintiff
of five hundred dollars & therefore he brings
his suit & C.

J. SpaldingJ Spalding
attorney

, for plaintiff.