Aspasia vs. Hardage Lane
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court Term 1837
Saint LouisSt Louis County to wit

AspisaAspasia , a woman of color
by FW Risque, her attorney complains of HardageHardage Lane LaneHardage Lane ,
of a plea of trespass, for false imprisonment : For that
whereas the said Hardage LaneHardage Lane heretofore, to wit on the
15th day of January 1837 at the city of St. LouisSt Louis in the
County aforesaid with force and arms made an assault,
upon the said aspisa, to wit, at and then and there
beat, bruised, and ill treated her the said aspisa and then
and there imprisoned her and kept and detained her in
prison there, without any reasonable or probable, cause
whatsoever for a long time, to wit, for the space of

then next following, contrary to the laws of the
land and the will of the said aspisa and the said
aspisa that at the time and before the committing
of the said grievance, she was and still is a free person,
and that the said Hardage LaneHardage Lane held and still holds
her in slavery to the damage of the said aspisa of the
sum of $300 and therefore she brings suit

FW Risque Counsel,
for pltff,