Brunetta Barnes, an infant of color, by and through her next friend, Peter Charleville v. John Berry Meachum
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis ss

In Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1840

Brunetta BarnesBrunetta Barnes , an infant of colour under the age of
twenty one years to wit of the age of fourteen years, admitted
to the here as a poor person by PeterPeter CharlevilleCharleville her next friend
of Saint LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri, complains of Berry Meach-
um of the state and county aforesaid 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 hun-dred and forty, at the county aforesaid, in and upon the
said plaintiff did make an assault: and her the said plaintiff
did then and there beat and evilly treat, and then
and there did imprison, keep, detain confine and hold
the said plaintiff in confinement and slavery: and still
continues to imprison the said plaintiff and to keep detain
and hold her in confinement, and has ever since then im
prisoned the said plaintiff and kept detained and
held her in confinement and slavery to wit at the
county aforesaid, contrary to the laws of the state
and against the will of said plaintiff. And the
aid plaintiff avers that she was, at the time of the
committing of the grievances aforesaid, and before
that time, and has ever since then continued to be
and still is a free person and that the defendant
then and there held, and has ever since continued
to hold, and still holds her the said
plaintiff in slavery to wit at the county afore-
said - and then and there did other wrongs to the
said plaintiff against the peace government &
dignity of the state and 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 she brings
suit& so forth

Gantt & Strother
for plaintiff