Charles, a man of color, vs. Belina Christy
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Sheriff to
take petitioner
Jc.
Belina ChristyBelina Christy on motion of attorney for the plaintiff it is
ordered that the Sheriff take possession of the petitioner
and hire him out from time to time during the residency
of this suit, and that he take Band from the hiner in
the sum of six hundred dollars, according to the statute
in such case made and provided. And afterwords at the
March term for said year of 1841 to wit an the 20th day of March 1841 the following further proceedings where had in said
cause to wit. to CharlesCharles a man of color vs Belina ChristyBelina Christy
Pleas
field
Pleas
filed which pleas are in the words and figures
following to wit. St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court CharlesCharles vs
Belina ChristyBelina Christy March Term 1841 and the defendant by
her attorney cames and defends the force and injury when
etc, and says that she is not guilty of the said supposed trespass
and false imprisonment in manner and form as the said plaintiff hath above thereof complained against her
& of this she puts herself upon the country & Co. SpaldingSpalding &
TiffanyTiffany attys for deft. St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court CharlesCharles
vs Belina ChristyBelina Christy March Term 1841 and the said defend
ant in her own proper person cames and says that this
Court ought not to have or take further cognizance of
the action aforesaid because she says that the said trespasses
and false imprisonment in the declaration mention
ed and the said holding in slavery therein mentioned were
done in the state of IllinoisIllinois & not elsewhere & by reason
of a claim to the services of said plaintiff under the laws of that State and the said plaintiff so being held
by defendant to service in IllinoisIllinois under color of the laws
thereof, escaped & ran away from defendant to the state
of MissouriMissouri against the will of defendant & brought this
suit; he the said plaintfiff never having resided in the
state of MissouriMissouri at any time; and this the defendant
is nearly to verify, wherefore she prays Judgment & C
StriceKen out by order of Court
N. S. Daughty Deputy Clk

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SpaldingSpalding & TiffanyTiffany attys for deft and afterwords at the
July term of said year to wit on the 19th day of July 1841
the following further proceedings were had in said
Replication
filed.
Replication.
cause to wit. CharlesCharles (of color us Belina ChristyBelina Christy replication
filed which replication is in the words and
figures following to wit, CharlesCharles , of color v Belina ChristyBelina Christy
suit for freedom And the said plaintiff as to the plea of
the said defendant, and whereof she puts herself upon the
country doth the like F. B. Mudoch atty for plff And
Afterwards at the same term to wit on the 24th day of July 1841 the following further proceedings were had in said
Order
cause to wit CharlesCharles (of color vs Belina ChristyBelina Christy on motion
of plaintiffs attorney; it is ordered that said defendants
second plea be stricken out. And afterwords at
the same term to wit on the 23rd day of October 1841 the
following further proceedings were had in said cause to Petition
filed for
change of
named,
Petition
wit CharlesCharles a man of color vs Melanie ChristyMelanie Christy petition
of defendant filed for change of venue, which petition
is in the words and figures following to wit. CharlesCharles (a
man of color) vs Melanie ChristyMelanie Christy To the Hon St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court your petitioner Melanie ChristyMelanie Christy respectfully
asks that a change of venue may be awarded
in the above named case, pending in the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , for the following cause = because the Judge of the
said court has prejudices against the petitioner's defence
to the said suit. Melanie ChristyMelanie Christy . County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
Melanie ChristyMelanie Christy this day personally appears before the
undersigned & makes oath to the fact in the foregoing
petition & states that she has just cause to believe that
she cannot receive a fair trial in the case above mentioned
& an account of the cause alleged in said petition. Given under my hand, this Eighteenth day of October A D Eighteen hundred and forty one Fred-Kretschman