Abraham 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 SaintSt Louis LouisSt Louis County to wit

Abraham DuttonAbraham Dutton a boy of color
by HRH R Gamble GambleH R Gamble his counsel duly asigned com
plains of John PacaJohn Paca of a plea of trespass for
that the said defendant heretofore to wit on
the first day of June in the year eighteen hundred and thirty fourwith force arms at
the county aforesaid an assault did make in
and upon the said plaintiff and him the
said plaintiff then and there did beat bruise
wound and ill treat and did then and there
imprison the said plaintiff and hath ever
since kept detained and held the said plain-
tiff 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 plaintiff
then and there did to the great damage of
the said plaintiff and against the peace
and dignity of the state wherefore the
said plaintiff saith he is injured and
hath sustained damage to the amount
of four hundred dollars and therefore he sue &c

HRH R Gamble GambleH R Gamble

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