Sally v. Henry Chouteau
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial Circuit July Term 1835

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, to wit.

SallySally a girl of color by her
next friend, complains of HenryHenry Chouteau ChouteauHenry Chouteau of a plea
of trespass; for that the said defendant on the
thirtieth - day of July - eighteen hundred and thirty four with force & arms assaulted the
said Plaintiff, to wit, at the County aforesaid and
then & there beat & ill-heated her the said plaintiff &
then & there imprisoned her the said plaintiff
& kept & detained her in prison then & there without any
reasonable or probable cause whatsoever for a
long time, to wit, for the space of twenty four hours
then next following, contrary to the law of the
land & against the will of the said plaintiff; and
other wrongs to the said Plaintiff then & there did
against the peace & dignity of the State of MissouriMissouri
and to the damage of the said Plaintiff of five
hundred dollars & therefore she brings her suit

And the said plaintiff avers that before &
at the time of the committing the grievances
aforesaid, she was & still is a free person & that
the defendant held & detained her & still holds &
detains her in slavery.

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