Mary Ann Steel vs. Curtis Skinner
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State of MissouriMissouri
Circuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial
Circuit July Term A D 1835

St Louis County Ss- Mary AnnMary Ann Steel an infant under
the age of Twenty one years by G A BirdG A Bird her
next friend complains of of a plea
of trespass & Battery & false imprisonment
for that the said defendant heretofore to wit
on the first day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & thirty two at St LouisSt Louis
in said County with force & arms an assault did
make upon her said Mary AnnMary Ann & did then &
there & ill treat her & subject her
to & did then & there imprison her
without any reasonable on probable cause
& hath kept & detained her imprison
from the day last aforesaid untill this time
and during the time aforesaid did imprison
the said Mary AnnMary Ann in the Common goal of
said County & kept & detain her in prison there
as a runaway slave for the span of ten days
he the said defendant then & there knowing
the said plaintiff to be a free person & other
wrongs to the said plaintiff then & there did
against the peace & dignity of said state
By means of premises the plaintiff says she
was prevented from attending to her
affairs & business by which she might & otherwise
should have obtained a large sum of money
the sum of Two hundred Dollars
wherefore the plaintiff says she is really
& hath sustained Damages to three hundred
Dollars & therefore she sues

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