Archibald Barnes, an infant of color, by and through his next friend, Peter Charleville v. John Berry Meachum
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

In Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1840.

Archibald BarnesArchibald Barnes an infant of colour, under the age
of twenty one years to wit of the age of Sixteen years, admit-
ted to sue here as a poor person by PeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville his
next friend of Saint LouisSt Louis County and State of MissouriMissouri complains
of BerryBerry Meachum MeachumBerry Meachum of the same state and county
of a plea of trespass and false imprisonment - For that
the said defendant heretofore to wit on the first day of January in the year eighteen hundred and forty at the
County aforesaid in and upon the said plaintiff did make
an assault: and him the said plaintiff did then and there
beat and evilly treat; and then and there did imprison
and keep detain and hold the said plaintiff in Confine
ment and slavery, and still continues to keep hold &
detain the said plaintiff in slavery and has ever since
the day and year aforesaid kept & held the said
plaintiff in Slavery as aforesaid to wit at the county
aforesaid contrary to the laws of this state, and against the
will of said plaintiff and the said plaintiff avers
that he is now, and was at the time of the committing of the
grievances above complained of and before that time and
has ever continued to be and still is a free person; and
that the defendant then and there held and has ever since
then continued to hold and still holds him the said plaintiff
in Slavery to wit at the county aforesaid - and then &
there did other wrongs tothe said plaintiff against the
peace government and dignity of the state & contrary to
the form of the statute in such case made & provided
to the damage of the said plaintiff in the sum
of one thousand dollars, and therefore he brings suit
and so forth

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