Polly Wash, a woman of color v. Joseph M. Magehen
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court November Term A.D. 1849


County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
State of MissouriMissouri

polly wash of
Color by attorney complains of
JosephJoseph M MJoseph M Mage of a plea of the for
false impresent. In that to unit on
the thirteenth day of september one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine at the county aforesaid
the said deft with force and arms an assault made
on the said plaintiff and three and these and
illtreated her the said plff and there and there unlawfully
imprisoned the said plaintiff and these
hath kept and detained her in prison from the day last
aforesaid to this day contrary to the form of the statute
in such case made and provided and the
peace and dignity of the state. And the plaintiff arms
that before and at the time of committing the said several
grievances she most and still is person that
the deft held and still hold her (the said plff) in
slavery wherefore the said plff says that she
is greatly injured damage to the
amount of five hundre dollars the