Jack, a man of color v. Absalom Link
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court For November Term 1837

County of St LouisCounty of St LouisJackJack (a man of color permitted
to sue for freedom) by J SpaldingJ Spalding his attorney complains
of AbsalomAbsalom Link LinkAbsalom Link of a plea of trespass For that
the said defendant on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty seven
at said County with force & arms & He made an
assault upon the said plaintiff & then and there beat
bruised and ill-treated him, and then and there imprisoned
him the plaintiff and kept and detained him
in prison there without any reasonable or probable
course whatever contrary to law and against the will of the said plaintiff for a long time to wit from thence
hitherto, and the plaintiff avers that before and at the
time of committing the grievancesherein mentioned he
was and still is a free person and that the defandant
then held and still holds him the plaintiff in
slavery to wit at said County wherefore the plaintiff
saith that he is injured and hath sustained damage
to the amount of a dollar & and is entitled to his freedom
& therefore he brings his suit & C

JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding atty
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