Michel Paul, a man of color v. Gabriel Paul
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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term A.D. 1843

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Michel PaulMichel Paul comp plaintiff complains
of GabrielGabriel Paul PaulGabriel Paul defendant of a plea of trespass,
For that the said defendant on the first day of May A.D. 1843 to wit at the county aforesaid,
with force & arms & made an assault upon
the said plaintiff & then & there beat bruised
ill treated him, & then & there imprisoned
him & detained him in prison there with
out any reasonable or probable cause what
soever for a long time to wit for the space of
ten hours then next following contrary
to the laws of the State and against the
will of the said plaintiff, avers that he the
And the said
plaintiff avers that he the said plaintiff, before
and at the time of the committing of the
grievances, was and still is a free person &
that the defendant held & still holds him in slavery
to wit at the county aforesaid

And other wrongs to the said plaintiff then &
there did against the peace and dignity of
the State and to the damage of the said
plaintiff of six hundred dollars and therefore
he brings his suit, & C

Duncan & Cobb
Atty for Plaintiff