Mary Farnham vs. Samuel D. Walker
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State of MissouriMissouri,
Third Judicial Circuit

In St. LouisSt Louis circuit court.
July Term 1835

MaryMary FarnhamFarnham , who is permitted to
sue as a poor person, by DarbyDarby her attorney Com-
plains of SamuelSamuel . D. Walker, of a plea of trespass

For that whereas, heretofore to wit, on the twenty third day of may in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty five said defendant at
the county aforesaid with force and arms made
an assault upon the said defendant at St. LouisSt Louis in

in the county aforesaid there and then beat bruised and illtreated
said plaintiff,
and then and there
imprisoned the said plaintiff, and kept and detained
her in prison, there, without any reasonable or probable cause
whatsoever for a long space of time, to wit for the space
of two days, there next following, contrary to the laws of
the land, and against her will, and the said plaintiff
avers, that before and at the time of the committing the grievances
she was and still is a free person, and that the defendant
held and detained her & still holds and detains her,
in slavery. To the damage of said plaintiff of Eight
Hundred Dollars.

DarbyDarby p. q.