Eliza Briscoe v. William Anderson
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In St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court November term 1839

St Louis County ElizaEliza Briscoe BriscoeEliza Briscoe plaintiff in this
suit by Resquie & herattornies complains of
WilliamWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson defendant in this suit of a plea of
trespass. If that the said defendant hereupon
to on the fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thiry nine
in the city of St Louis & County aforesaid with force &
arms made an assault on the said plaintiff house.
at the county aforesaid & then & there heat bruised &
ill treated her & then& there imprisoned her & kept
her in prison then without any reasonable or
cause whatsoever for a long space of time to
wit for the space of five months next before the
said fifteenth day of October in the year aforesaid
coutrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri and
against the will of the said plaintiff. & other
wrongs to the said plaintiff then & there did
against the place of the State of MissouriMissouri & to the
damage of the said plaintiff of five hundred dollars

And the said plaintiff was that before the
of the committing of the grievances aforesaid by the
said defendant the said plaintiff was & still is a
free person & that the said defendant held & still
holds her in slavery Therefore she brings suit

Plff Atty