Samuel, a man of color vs. John Howdershell
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In the St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1844

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
sct
SamuelSamuel

otherwise called Sam (a man of colour)
complains of JohnJohn Howdershell [ John HowdershellHowdeshell ] in custody
& of a plea of trespass

For that the defendant on the first day of January 1843 with force and
arms the plaintiff to wit
at the county of St LouisSt Louis aforesaid
and then and then beat bruised and
ill - treated him and then and there imprisoned
him and kept and detained
him in prison there for a long time to wit
for the space of six months there next
following contrary to the laws of the
state and against the will of the plaintiff.
And other wrongs to the said plaintiff
then and their did, against the
peace and dignity of the state and
to the damage of the plaintiff of one thousand
dollars. And the plaintiff avers
that before and at the time of committing
the said grievances he was and still
is a free person and that the defendant
held and still holds him in slavery,
wherefore the plaintiff brings his suit &

A
& BeattyL JCarr
counsel
for plaintiff