Lewis, a man of color vs. James Newton and Jacob Cooper
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State of MissouriMissouriCircuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial July Term 1835

St Louis County Ss- LewisLewis a man of color complains of
JamesJames Newton & JacobJacob Cooper of a plea of trespass assault &
Battery & false imprisonment for that heretofore
to wit on the first day of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & thirty four at
St LouisSt Louis in said County the said Defendants
with force & arms an assault did make upon
the said LewisLewis & him said LewisLewis did then &
there beat wound & ill treat & him the said
LewisLewis did then & there imprison without any
lawful or probable cause whatever &
have kept & detained him so in prison there
from the day last aforesaid to this day-
and Said plaintiff says that at & before the
time of committing the said Several grievances
he was & Still is a free person & that said
defendants have held & detained & still hold
& detain said plaintiff in slavery for
the plaintiff says he is greatly injured & hath
sustained Damages to five hundred Dollars &
therefore he sues.

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