Lewis, a boy of color, by and through his next friend, Celeste v. John Stacker
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1839.

St Louis County to wit:

LewisLewis a minor by CelesteCeleste his mother and
next friend complains of John StackerJohn Stacker of a plea of
trespass for false imprisonment, For that the said
defendant on the twenty seventh day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine with force and arms asaulted
the said plaintiff to wit at the county aforesaid
and then and there beat, bruised and ill treated
him and there and then imprisoned him
and kept and detained him in prison there without
any reasonable or probable cause whatsoever,
for a long time to wit for the space of
hours then next following contrary to the
laws of the state of MissouriMissouri in such case made
and provided and against the will of the
said plaintiff. And the said plaintiff avers
that before and at the time of the
committing of the said grievance he was and
still is a free person and that the defendant
held and still hold him in slavery
and other wrongs to the said plaintiff
then and there did against the peace of

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the state of MissouriMissouri and to the damage of the
said plaintiff one hundred dollars and
therefore he brings his suit &C.

FNRisque attorney
for LewisLewis by his
mother & next friend.