Richard Thompson, a man of colour v. James E. Blount and Leakin Baker
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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louis of St LouisCircuit Court

St LouisCounty St LouisCircuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1841

RichardRichard Tompson TompsonRichard Tompson a man
of Colour by his attorney John BJohn B KingKing com
plaining of JamesJames E Blount EJames E Blount BlountJames E Blount andLeakinLeakin Baker BakerLeakin Baker
of a plea of trespass and false imprison
ment- For that the defendants on the third
day of September eighteen hundred and
forty at the county and circuit aforesaid
upon said plaintiff an asault did make
and him then and there did strike, bruise
wound and otherwise ill treat and him
then and there did imprison and so detain
ed him in imprisonment for a long time
to wit from the day and year last aforesaid
to this day, contrary to the statute in
such case made and provided and against
the peace and dignity of the state aforesaid
and said plaintiff avers that before and
at the time of the committing of the grievances
aforesaid, he was, and still is a free person,
and that the said defendants held and
still holds, him in slavery - Therefore he
brings his suit &

John BJohn B KingKing
att'y for plaintiff