Ben, a man of color v. Thomas I. White and William D. Woods
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State of MissouriMissouri

Circuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial
Circuit March Term AD 1836

St Louis County Ben a man of color complains
of ThomasThomas I & the claim & of plea of trespass
false imprisonment do far that here to on the first day of December in the year of eighteen hundred & thirty five
the said defendants with forced arms
on a peace do make upon him said Ben
& him said Ben did then & there imprison
any just or probable cause whatever
& have unlawfully kept & detained him in
prison there from them untill the commencement
of this said and the plaintiff
that at & the commetting of
the said secural grievances he &
still is a free person & the defendant had
& detained & still detains him in slavery
where he says he is greatly & hath
sustained Damage to one hundred Dallors
therefore he said

G.A. Bird