Louis Scott, a man of colour v. William Burd
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

Ss

Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term AD 1841

Louis ScottLouis Scott a man of Colour by J LangtonJ Langton his
attorney complains of WilliamWilliam Burd BurdWilliam Burd of
a plea of trespass for false imprisonment
For that heretofore to wit on the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty at the County
and in the State aforesaid the said Defendant
with force and arms an assault did
make on the said plaintiff and then and
there beat bruised and ill treated him the
said plaintiff and then and there imprisoned
him the said Louis ScottLouis Scott and kept
and detained him in prison there from
the day last aforesaid to this day contrary
to the form of the statute in such case
made and provided and against the peace
and dignity of the state. And the plaintiff
aforesaid avers that before and at the time of
committing of the said several grievances
he was and still is a free person and that
the Defendant aforesaid held and still holds
him the said Louis ScottLouis Scott in slavery
wherefore he the said plaintiff says that he is
greatly injured and hath sustained damages
to the amount of six hundred dollars
And therefore he brings his suit

J LangtonJ Langton

for
Plaintiff
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