Nathan Cole, a person of color v. Elijah Mitchel
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In St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1832

County ofCounty of St Louis St. LouisCounty of St LouisSsNathanNathan a person of colour
by of the court here permitted to sue
as a poor person by LydiaLydia his next friend
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 defendants here
tofore 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 plaintiff to wit at the county of
St. LouisSt Louis aforeaid and then and there beat bruised and illtreatedhimsaid
plaintiff and then & there imprisoned him
said plaintiff and left & detainedhim
in prison there, without any reasonable or
probable cause whatsoever for a long time
wit for the space of ten days then next following; 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 the committing the grievances
aforesaid he was and still is a free
person and the defendants then & there
held and detained and still do hold &
detain him in slavery contrary to the laws
of the land - and their wrongs to the said
plaintiff then & there did to the damage
of the plaintiff of five hundred dollars
& therefore hebrings suit &c

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