Rachel v. William Walker
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court For November Term 1834

County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSs.: RachelRachel a mulattress (claiming her
freedom & permitted to sue as a poor person) by J. SpaldingJ Spalding
her attorney complains of William WalkerWilliam Walker of a plea of
trespass, for that the said defendant heretofore to wit
on the first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty four at said
County with force and arms &c. assaulted the said
plaintiff, & her then & there did beat & bruise & ill
treat & strike & also then & there imprisoned the said
plaintiff & kept & detained her in confinement & res-
trained of her liberty without any reasonable cause
for a long time to wit hitherto contrary to law &
against the will of said plaintiff, and the said plain
tiff avers that before and at the time of the com-
mitting the grievances aforesaid, she was & still is
a free person, & that the defendant then held
& detained her and still holds & detains her in slavery: and other wrongs said defendant then
& there did to said plaintiff,contrary to law &
against the peace & dignity of the State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri to the damage of said plaintiff of
five hundred dollars & therefore she brings
her suit &c.

J SpaldingJ Spalding
atty for plff