Josephine LaCourse v. Edward P. Mitchell
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during his absence and in inquiry learned
that said plaintiff had been taken by
said JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell his father to his
residence in the state of IllinoisIllinois This
respondent further says that when he left
St LouisSt Louis to go to KentuckyKentucky, he left the plaintiff
at St LouisSt Louis in the family of the respondent
and that she was taken away during
his absence without the knowledge
privity or consent of this respondant
This respondant further says that he had
not at the time of the commencement of
the said suit any or claim to
the services of said plaintiff except for such
time as said JamesJames Mitchell MitchellJames Mitchell should place
her said JamesJames having a right to take
away the plaintiff at any time

Sworn to & subscribed in open
court this 27 August 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk
EdwdP.Mitchell