Sam, a person of color v. Elijah Mitchel and Alexander P. Fields
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In the JeffersonJefferson Circuit CourtCircuit Court

July Term 1832

County of St LouisCounty of St LouisSctSam a person of colour
by leave of the court here suing as a poor
person by GeyerGeyer his counsel assigned complains
of Alexander P FieldsAlexander P Fields & ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel of a
plea of trespass assault & battery and
false imprisonment for that the
said defendant heretofore to wit on the
twenty second day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty two made an assault upon the said
Sam the plaintiff to wit at the county afore
said and then and there beat bruised
and wounded & illtreated him the said
Sam and there and there imprisoned
him the saidSam and kept and detained
and still dothkeep and detain him
in prison there as a slave, without any
reasonble or probable cause whatsover
contrary to the law of the land and against
the will of the plaintiff and the said plaintiff
avers that before and at the time of committing
the grievances aforesaid he was and
still is a free person yet the said defendant
then & there held & still holds & detains
him in slavery contrary to the law of
the land at the county aforesaid
and the wrongs to the said plaintiff then
and there did to the damage of the plaintiff
of five hundred dollars & therefore he
brings suit

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