Pierre vs. Therese Cerre Chouteau
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1840
St. Louis County, Court;

Pierre, a mulatto,
Complains of there Cerr ChouteanChoutean of a plea of
trespass. For that the said defendant on the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, at the County aforesaid, with free and arms made an assault
upon the said plaintiff, to wil at the County
aforesaid, and then and there beat fruised and
ills-treated him the said plaintiffs and then
and there imprisoned him the said plaintiff
and kept and detained him in prison there,
without any reaonable or probable could
whatsoever, for a long space of time, to writ,
for the space of twenty from hours then next
following, Contrary to the laws of this tate
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 several gievances, he the said plaintiff,
was, and still is a free persons, and that
the said defendant held and still holds
him the said plaintiff in slavery, to writ,
at the County aforesaid.

By reason of which said several premies
the defendant says he is injured, and has sustained
damage to the amount of Five hundred
dollars, and therefore he bring his suit

PierrePierre by his attorney