Celeste, a woman of color v. Alexander Papin
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Whereupon on the said twenty fourth day of June
in the year aforesaid the said CelesteCeleste by F. W. Risque
her attorney filed in the Office of the peace clerk of
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the county aforesaid her declaration
against Alexander PapinAlexander Papin which is in the words and
figures following to wit In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of SaintSt Louis
LouisSt Louis County. July Term 1837. Saint LouisSt Louis County
to wit, CelesteCeleste a Woman of Color by F. W Risque her
attorney complains of Alexander PapinAlexander Papin of a Plea
of trespass and false imprisonment For that the said
Alexander PapinAlexander Papin heretofore to wit, on the 1st day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven at the county aforesaid with force
and arms made an assault upon the said CelesteCeleste to wit at &c aforesaid and then and there beat bruised and ill treated her the said CelesteCeleste 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 said CelesteCeleste And the said CelesteCeleste avers
that at the time and before the committing of the said
grievances she was and still is a free person, and that
the said
Alexander PapinAlexander Papin held and still holds
her in slavery to the damage of the said CelesteCeleste of the sum
of three hundred dollars and there fore the brings her suit
&c F W Risque Pq; On which said declaration were
endorsed the following Orders, 1st it is ordered that
CelesteCeleste the person mentioned in the foregoing petition
be permitted to sue as a poor person for the recovery
of her freedom and that F. W. Risque be assigned as
counsel for that purpose. 2 that the said CelesteCeleste have
reasonable liberty to attend her counsel and the court
as occasion may require, that she be not removed out
of the jurisdiction of the court, and that she be not subject
to any severity an account of her application for

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freedom L. E. LawlessL E Lawless Judge Ct Ct A true copy of
the order endorsed upon the petitioned Attested
John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk Ct Ct. Whereupon the clerk
of said Court issued a summons in the words and
figures following to wit-- Summons
County of Saint LouisSt Louis
ss The State of MissouriMissouri. To the Sheriff of the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis Greeting We command you to summon
Alexander PapinAlexander Papin if he be found in your County
to appear before our Honorable Circuit CourtCircuit Court on
the first day of the next Term thereof to be be given and
held at the City of St LouisCity of St Louis within and for the County
aforesaid on the second Monday of July next then
and there to answer unto CelesteCeleste a woman of color
of a plea of trespass, for false imprisonment, to the
damage of said plaintiff of three hundred dollars
and have you then there this writ
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Witness JohnJohn Ruland
RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our said court with the seal thereof
hereto affired at office in the city of St LouisSt Louis this 24th June 1837John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk. On which said writ
was the following Sherrifs Return to Wit Return
this writ by reading it and the petition and declaration
and also the order made by the Judge to
Alexander PapinAlexander Papin on the 3d day of July 1837 in
the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis. James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff by
W Brotherton D. Shff.And afterwards at the July
term of the said circuit court for the year aforesaid
and on the 12t day of said month the following plea
Plea was filed in said cause to wit. Plea
Celeste vsAlexanderAlexander Papin
PapinAlexander Papin In St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1837. And
the said AlexanderAlexander by GeyerGeyer his attorney comes and
defends the force and injury when &c. and [ sais ] that
he is not guilty of the said supposed trespass and imprisonment
above laid to his charge in manner and force
as the plaintiff hath above thereof complained against