Matilda, a woman of color vs. Elijah Mitchel
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St LouisCircuit Court Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1832

St Louis County to wit MatildaMatilda a
woman of color who sues by permission
of the court complains of ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel
of a plea of trespass for that the said
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel on the 22nd day of May in the year 1832made an assault
upon the said MatildaMatilda to wit at the
county of st Louis and then and there
beat bruised and ill treated the said
MatildaMatilda and then and there imprisoned
the said MatildaMatilda and kept and detained
herinprison there without any probable
or reasonablecausewhatsoeverforalong
space of time to wit for the space of 12
hoursnextfollowingcontrary to law and

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against the will of the said MatildaMatilda
and the said MatildaMatilda avers that before
and at the time of the committing of the
above grievances she was and still is a
free person and that the defendant then
and detainedherinslavery and still holds her in
and detains her in slavery
and other wrongs to the said MatildaMatilda
then and there did against the
force of the state and to the damage
of the plaintiff $ 500 and therefore she
bringssuit