Andrew Dutton, a boy of color, by and through his next friend, Grace Dutton v. John Paca
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In the CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1834

Saint LouisSt Louis County towit

AndrewAndrew DuttonDutton a free boy of
color by H RH R Gamble GambleH R Gamble
complains of JohnJohn Paca PacaJohn Paca of a plea of
trespass for that the said defendant
heretofore to wit on thefirst day of June
in the year eighteen hundred and thirty
four with force and arms at the county
aforesaid did make an assault in and
upon the said plaintiff and him the said
plaintiff then and there did beat wound and ill treat and did then and there
imprison the said plaintiff and hath
ever since kept detained and held the
said plaintiff in imprisonment and
slavery and still holds the said plaintiff
in slavery he the said plaintiff at the time of the committing of the
said grievances and still being a free
person and other wrongs to the said plain-
tiff
then and then did to the great damage
of the said plaintiff and against
the peace and dignity of the state where-
fore
the said plaintiff saith he is injured
and hath sustained damage to the amount
of five hundred dollars and therefore he

sues &c

atty for plff