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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court November Term
State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

J J. Birdsong the defendant
in this suit was summoned to answer. Michael EdwardsMichael Edwards
the plaintiff in this suit in a plea of trespassassault
battery and false imprisonment, and therefore the said
Michacl EdwardsEdwards , the plaintiff, by JustenPark his
attorney, complained against the said G. G. Birdsong
for that the said defendant on the twentiethday day of June A.D. 1835 with force and arm assaulted the said plaintiff
to wit at St. LouisSt Louis in the County aforesaid and then â
there beat bruised and ill-treated him, and then â there
imprisoned and kept â detained him in prison there without
any reasonable or probable cause whatsoever, for a long
time to wit, for the space of twenty days then next following
contrary to the laws and customs of this State and against
the will of the said plaintiff and the plaintiff avers
that before and at the time of committing the aforesaid
grievances he was and still is a free person and that the
defendant held and detained and still holds and detains
him in slavery against law and right â against the will of
the plaintiff 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 that he is injured and
hath sustained damage to the amount of five hundred
dollars and therefore he brings this suit.