Mary Charlotte, a woman of color v. Gabriel S. Chouteau
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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term. 1843.

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

MaryMary Charlotte CharlotteMary Charlotte plaintiff
complains of GabrielGabriel S Chouteau SGabriel S Chouteau . ChouteauGabriel S Chouteau
defendant of a plea of trespass.
For that the said defendant on the
15th day of March A.D. 1843Court at
the County aforesaid with force & arms
an assault did make upon the said
plaintiff & then & there beat bruised
& ill treated the said plaintiff &
then & there imprisoned her the said
plaintiff & kept & detained her in
prison there without any reason or
probable cause whatsover for a
long time towit for the space
of ten hours then next following
contrary to the laws of the State
& against the will of the said plaintiff
And the said plaintiff owns that
before & at the time of the committing
of the above greivances, the said plain
tiff was & still is a free person
& that the defendant held & still
holds her in slavery, & other wrongs
to the said plaintiff then & there
did, against the peace & diginty
of state & to the damage of the
said plaintiff of 500, [ 00 ] dollars
& thereupon she [ x ] brings suit &c

Duncan & Cobb

Attys for Pltff