William Stubs, a man of color v. William Bard
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July term 1837

St Louis County to wit WilliamWilliam Stubs StubsWilliam Stubs com
plains of WilliamWilliam Bard of a
For that the said WilliamWilliam Bard on the
first day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven with force
and arms made an assault upon the said WilliamWilliam Stubs
StubsWilliam Stubs to wit at the county of St LouisSt Louis and
then and there imprisoned the said Willi
am Stubs and kept and detained him in person
there without any reasonable cause or whatsoever
for a long space of time to wit for the space
of three months the cost following contrary to the
laws of that state and against the will of the
said William StubsWilliam Stubs and the said WilliamWilliam Stubs
StubsWilliam Stubs was that before and at the time of the
committing the said grievances he was and still
is a free person and that the said WilliamWilliam
Bard held and still holds him in slavery and
other wrongs to the said William StubsWilliam Stubs there
and then did against the peace of this state
and to the damage of the said William StubsWilliam Stubs
thousand dollars and therefore he prays