Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County SS.

Circuit CourtsCircuit Court third Judicial July term in the year of Christ 1830

RalphRalph a man of color complains of JamesJames Duncan Duncan
& Coleman DuncanJames Duncan of a plea of trespassassault &
Battery & false imprisonment for than hereto fore
to wit the thirteenth day of May in the year of Christ eighteen hundred & thirty at the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis aforesaid the said Defendants with force
& arms made an assault upon the said plaintiff
& there beatbruisedwounded & ill treated him
then & there with force & arms falsely & unjustly
imprisoned the said plaintiff & kept him
him in prison there withoutany Lawful authority
on cause for a long span of time to wit for
a span of nine days & then nextensuing
And said plaintiff further says than before & at
the time of the committing of the said several
grievances he was & still is a free person & that
said Defendant held & detained & still hold &
detain him in Slavery wherefore said plaintiff
says he is greatlyinjured & hath sustained damages
to five hundred dollars therefore he sues

G.A.Bird atty for plff