Anson, a boy of color vs. Elijah Mitchel
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CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court July Term 1832

St LouisSt Louis county to wit. AnsonAnson an infant
of color who sues by permission of this
court by his next friend William ClarkWilliam Clark
complains of ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel of a plea of
trespass for that the said ElijahElijah MichalMichael
on the twenty second day of May in the year 1832 with force and arms made
an assault for the said AnsonAnson to wit
at the county of St LouisSt Louis and then and
there beat bruised and ill treated him
and then and there imprisonedhimthe said
AnsonAnson and left and detainedhimhim the
said AnsonAnson in prison without any probable
causewhatsoever for a long time to
wit for then space of 10 hours then next
following contrary to law and against the
will of the said AnsonAnson and the said
Auson avers that before and at the
of the abovegrievances he was and still
is a free person and that the defendant
and detainedhim in slavery and still
holds and detains him in slavery and
other wrongs to him the said AnsonAnson then

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and there did of of
the state and to the damages of the