Jack v. Charles Collins
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St Louis County Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of the Term of July 1831

State of MissouriMissouri

Saint LouisSt Louis County Jack a man of colour who by
permission of the Court sues in forma pauperis complains of
WilliamWilliam Sewel SewelWilliam Sewel Charles CollinsCharles Collins For that on the first day of September in the Year of our Lord 1830the said
Charles CollinsCharles Collins made an assault on the said JackJack
to wit at the City of SaintSt Louis LouisSt Louis
StateMissouri of MissouriMissouri and then and there seized and laid
hold of the said JackJack and with great force and violence
pulled, and draged about him the said JackJack and
then & there struck the said JackJack a great many violent
blows and strokes and then and there imprisoned the
said JackJack and kept and detained him the said JackJack ,
in prison there without any reasonable or probable cause
whatsoever for a long space of time to wit for the space of
six Months then next following contrary to law and against
the will of the said JackJack whereby the said JackJack was then and
there not only greatly bruised and wounded and was thereby greatly
exposed and his life endangered to wit within the County
aforesaid And the said JackJack avers that before and
at the time of committing the said grievances he was &
still is a free person and that the defendant CharlesCharles Collins
CollinsCharles Collins held and detained him and still holds and
detains him in slavery to wit within the County ofCounty of Saint Louis SaintCounty of Saint Louis
LouisCounty of Saint Louis aforesaid and other wrongs to the said JackJack ,
then and there did against the peace of the State and
to the damage of the said JackJack of Five hundred
dollars and therefore he brings suit

Geo F Strother