Mary, a colored woman vs. James Dougherty, Richmond J. Curle
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In St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1842

MaryMary (a colored woman)
vs
JamesJames DoughertyDougherty alias
E. C. Daugherty
and
RichmondRichmondJ. CurleJ Curle

for false
imprisonment


MaryMary a colored woman plaintiff in
this suit complains by her attorneys of James
Daugherty alias E. C. Daughterty and RichmondRichmondJJ Curle CurleJ Curle defendants
of a plea of trespaps


For that the defendants heretofore,
to wit, on the thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty two in
the county of St LouisSt Louis and state of missouri with
force and made an assault on said plain
tiff and then and there beat, bruised and ill-treated
her, and then and there imprisoned her and
kept her imprison without any reasonable
or probable cause whatever for a long space
of time to wit for the space of two days
then next following contrary to then laws of
the state of MissouriMissouri and against the will
of the plaintiff and other wrongs to the
said plaintiff then and there did
against the peace of the state of
MissouriMissouri to the damage of the said
plaintiff in the sum of one thousand
dollars


and the said plaintiff avers that

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before and at the time of the
committing of the greivances aforesaid
by the said the said plaintiff
was and still is a free person and that
the said defendants held and still hold
her in slavery.


and the plaintiff avers that the true christain
name of the aforesaid DoughertyDougherty is unknown
to the said plaintiff and the he passes by
the name of E.C. Daugherty and James
Daugherty
Wherefore He brings suit by
her attorneys

Davis & Gale