Charlotte, a colored girl vs. Green Crowder
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
3d. Judicial Circuit March Term AD 1832.

St LouisSt Louis to wit CharlotteCharlotte a girl of colour & infant
under twenty one years of age by Edward BatesEdward Bates
her next friend complains of Green CrowderGreen Crowder
of a plea of trespass. For that the said defendant
on the twenty third day of November in the year 1831 with force & arms assaulted the said plaintiff
to wit at the county aforesaid then there beat
& ill-treated her the said plaintiff & then & there imprisoned her & detained her in prison there without any reasonable a pro-
bable cause whatsoever for a long time to writ for
the space of twenty four hours the next follow-
ing contains to the law of the land against the
will of the said plaintiff and other wrongs to
the said plaintiff then & there did against the peace
& dignity of the state of MissouriMissouri & to the damage of
the said plaintiff of one hundred dollars & therefore she
brings her suit &c.

And the said plaintiff avers that before & at
the time of the committing the prisoner afore-
said she was & still is a free person that the
defendant held & detained her & still holds & de-
tains her in slavery.

BatesBates