John vs. William Campbell
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit CourtMarch Term 1832

John a minor of Color by his friend
Marganett Complains of WilliamWilliam Compbell of
a plea of tresspass Vi etamis for that the said WilliamWilliam
Compbell on the seventeenth day of November in the
year Eighteen hundred thirty one with force and
arms made an assault upon the said John at the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis in the State of MissouriMissouri and then and there
beat bruised and ill treated him the said John and then
and there kept an him the said John in prison with
out any reasonable or probable cause for a long
time to wit for the space of twenty four hour there
next following; and nevertheless the said John avers
that before and at the time of committing the