Celestine, a person of color v. Julia Dumont
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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County ss
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

CelestineCelestine , a woman of color, complains
of madam JuliaJulia Dumont DumontJulia Dumont of a plea of Trespass,
for that the said defendant on the third day of May in the year of on Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four with force and arms
made an assault upon the said plaintiff, to wit
at 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 herin prison there, without
any reasonable or probable cause whatsoever,
for a long time, to writ, for the space of twelve
hours there next following: 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 defendant held, and still
holds, her in slavery, contrary to the laws of said
state and against the will of the said plaintiff - To
the plaintiffs damage on dollar and thereforeshe
brings suit do

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