Mary Robertson v. Ringrose Watson
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In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

November Term AD 1841

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis


Mary RobertsonMary Robertson complains of RingroseRingrose D Watson
D. WatsonRingrose D Watson of a plea of trespass, for that the
said defendant on the tenth day of August A.D. 1841 with force & arms &c. made an assault
upon the said plaintiff, to wit at the County
aforesaid & then & there beat bruised & ill-treated
her the said plaintiff & then & there
imprisoned her the said plaintiff, & kept &
detained her in prison there, without any
reasonable or probable cause whatever, for a
long space of time to wit for the space of
twelve hours then next following, contrary
to the laws of the State & against the will of
the said plaintiff And the said Plaintiff
further avers, that the said plaintiff
before & at the time of the committing of the
grievances was and still is a free person
and that the defendant held & still holds
the said plaintiff in slavery, And other wrongs
to the said plaintiff then & there did, contrary
to the peace & dignity of the State
and to the damage of the said plaintiff
of five hundred dollars & therefore the
said plaintiff brings suit, by.

HenryHenry L. CobbL Cobb

Atty. for Pf.