Celeste, a woman of color v. LaForce Papin
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 1837.
Saint LouisSt Louis County to wit:

CelesteCeleste a woman of color by J.W.Risque
her attorney complains of Laforce PapinLaforce Papin of a
plea of trespass for false imprisonment:
For that whereas the said PapinPapin heretofore to
wit on the 2d day of January 1837 at the
county of Sanit Louis with force and arms
mede an assault upon the said CelesteCeleste to
wit: at &C and then & there beat,
and illtreated her the said CelesteCeleste and then
& there imprisoned her and kept and detained
her in prison then, without any past, reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever for a
long space of time to wit for the space
of Then next following, contrary to
the act of the generalassembly in such
case made and provided and against the
consent of the said CelesteCeleste , And the said
CelesteCeleste avers that before and at the time of the
committing of the said grievances she was and still is
a free person and that the said PapinPapin held &
still holds her in slavery to the damage of