Matilda, a person of color v. Henry G. Mitchel and Henry C. Russell
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July term 1832

St LouisSt Louis county to wit MatildaMatilda a woman of
color who sues by permission of the courtcomplains
of HenryHenry G Mitchel GHenry G Mitchel .MitchelHenry G Mitchel and HenryHenry C
RusselRussel of a plea of trespass. For that the said
HenryHenry G Mitchel GHenry G Mitchel .MitchelHenry G Mitchel and HenryHenry C.RusselRussel on the
22 day of May in the year 1832 made
an assault upon the said MatildaMatilda to wit
at the county of St LouisSt Louis and then and
there beat bruised and ill treated the said
MatildaMatilda and then and there imprisoned her
the said MatildaMatilda and left and detained
her in person there without any reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever for a long space
of time to wit for the space of twenty four
hours next following contrary to law and
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 defendants then held and detained
her in slavery and still holds and detains
her in slavery and other wrongs to the said Ma

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tilda then and there did against the
of the state and to the damage of the
said MatildaMatilda five hundred dollars and
therefore she bringssuit&c