Anson and Michael, persons of color, by and through their next friend, William Clark v. Elijah Mitchel
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Circuit courtJuly Term 1832

St Louis County to wit: MichaelMichael an infant
a boy of color who sues by permission of
the court complains of ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel
of a plea of trespassfor that the same
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel on the twenty second day of May in the year 1832 with
force and arms made anassaultupon
the said MichaelMichael to wit at the
county of St LouisSt Louis and then and there
boundbeat and illtreated the said
MichaelMichael and then and there imprisoned
the said MichaelMichael and left and detained
him in prison there without any reasonable
or probablecausewhatsoever for a
long space of time to wit for the space
of 12 hours then next following contrary
to law and against the will of the said
MichaelMichael and the said MichaelMichael avers
that at the time and before the committing
the said grievances he was and still
is a free person and that the defendant there
held and obtained him in slavery and still
holds and detainshim in slaveryandother