Sally vs. William Dallam
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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, Set, November Term 1831

SallySally a girl of colour and an infant
under the age of twenty one years, by GeorgeGeorge Brown
BrownGeorge Brown her next friend complains of WilliamWilliam
DallamDallam in custody & of a plea of tresspass
assault & battery & false imprisonment for that
heretofore, to wit, on the first day of July in the year eighteen hundred & thirty one at the
county aforesaid, the said Defendant with force
and arms made an assault upon the said
plaintiff & then & there beat wounded & ill treated
her & then & there with force & arms falsely and
unlawfully imprisoned the said plaintiff and
Kept her & detained her imprison there without
any lawful authority or cause for a long space
of time, to wit for the space of tendays then
next ensuing - and the said plaintiff further
says that before & at the time of the committing
of the said several grievances she was & still
is a free person & that said Defendant held
and detained
& still holds & detains her in
slavery wherefore the said plaintiff says
she is greatly injured and hathsustained
damage to fivehundred Dollars & therefore
she sues & etc

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