Rebecca, a negro woman v. James Black, Thomas Horine, and George Mellody
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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County Ss

In St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

RebeccaRebecca , a negro woman, complains of
JamesJames Black, Thomas M. Horina and George HGeorge H . C. Millody
of a plea of Trespass, for that the said defendants on the fifth day of January eighteen hundred and forty three
with force and arms, assaulted the said plaintiff to wit
at St LouisSt Louis, in the County aforesaid, and then and there
beat, bruised and ill treated her, the said plaintiff and
then and there imprisoned her, the said plaintiff and
kept and detained her in prison there, without any
reasonable or probable cause whatsoever, for a long
time, to wit for the space of six hours then next
following, contrary to the laws of said state and against
the will of the said plaintiff - and the said plaintiff
avers, that before and at the time of the committing of
the grievances aforesaid, she was and still is, a free
person, and that the defendants held and still hold her
in slavery To plaintiff damage one hundred Dollars
& therefore she brings suit &c

F. B. Murdock
Atty for Pltff