Squire Brown, a man of color v. William C. Anderson
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1841
St. Louis County ss

:

SquireBrownBrown plaintiff in this
suit by his attorneys complains of WilliamWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson
defendant of a plea of tresspass.

For that the said defendant heretofore to to wit on the
first-day of June on the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred forty oneIn the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis
at said county with force and arms made an assault
on said plaintiff & then others beat
bruised and ill treated him then and there imprisoned
him kept him in prison without any reasonable or
probable cause whatever for a long space of time
to wit for the space of ten days then next following
contrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri
against the will of the said plaintiff and other
to the said plaintiff then there did
against the peace of the State of MissouriMissourito
the damage of the said plaintiff of five hundred
dollars.

And the said plaintiff that
before at the time of the of the greivances aforesaid by the said defendant he the
said plaintiff was and still is a free person &
that the said defendant held and still holds him
in slavery. Therefore he

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