James Talbot, a man of colour v. Delford Benton, James C. Music, and Prudence Music
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State of MissouriMissouriSt Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term AD 1839

JamesJames Daniel Talbot DanielJames Daniel Talbot TalbotJames Daniel Talbot a men of color complains
of DelfordDelford Benton JamesBenton James C Music & PrudencePrudence
-Music of a plea of trespassassault & Battery for that heretofore on
the first day of January in the year of our
Lord eighteen hundred & thirty eight at St LouisSt Louis
in said county the said Defendants withforce
and arms made an assault upon the said
plaintiff & there imprisoned the said Plaintiff
without any legal or prabable & hath
so continued to imprison him there from
the day last aforesaid untill the day of
the commencement of this suit and
then and there did against the
and the law of the Land and the plaintiff
ours that before and at the time of the
committing of the said grievances
he was and still is a free person & that
said defendants detained and still detain
the said plaintiff in slavery and therefore
for his liberty he sues

G A BirdG A Bird Atty for
Plaintiff