Louis Chouteau v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Nov. Term A,D, 1843

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Louis

LouisCounty of St Louis LouisChouteauChouteau complains
of Gabriel S. ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau , of a plea of trespass,
For that the said defendant on the first day of May A.D. 1843 with force & arms & C. an
assault did make &C. to wit at the County aforesaid
upon the said plaintiff & then & there
beat bruised & illtreated him the said plaintiff
& then & there imprisoned him the said plaintiff,
& detained him in prison there, without any
reason or probable cause whatsoever, for
a long time to wit, for the space of two
hours, there next following, contrary, to
the Laws of the State & against the will
of the said plaintiff,

And the said plaintiff avers that before
& at the time of the committing of the
above grievances to wit at the county aforesaid he the said plaintiff
was, and still is, a free person & that
the defendant held & still holds him in slavery,

And other wrongs to the said plaintiff then
& there did, to the great damage of the said
plaintiff, & against the peace & dignity of the State
Wherefore, the said plaintiff saiththat
he is injured and hath sustained damage
to the amount of eight hundred dollars
and therefore he his suit & C.

& CobbCobb
atty for plaintiff