Thomas Jefferson, a man of color v. Milton W. Hopkins, Doctor Samuel Prosser, and Charles Dexter
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require that he be not removed out of the Jurisdiction
of the County and that he be not subject to any
severity on account of his application for freedom
Done in open Court 12th December 1842BryanBryan Mullanphy MullanphyBryan Mullanphy
by Judge &c and on the day and year last
aforesaid the following Declaration was filed to wit.
Declaration State of MissouriMissouri St Louis County as in the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County March Term 1843ThomasThomas Jefferson
JeffersonThomas Jefferson , a man of Color, complains of Milton WMilton W Hopkins
HopkinsMilton W Hopkins of a plea of trespass, for that the said Defendant
on the first day of December Eighteen hundred and forty-two, 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 him the said Plaintiff and then and there
imprisoned him the said Plaintiff and kept and
detained him in prison there without any reasonable
cause whatever for a long time, to wit. for the Space
of twenty four hours then next following contrary
to the laws of the 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
of said grievances, he the said Plaintiff was and
still is a free person. And that the Defendant held
and still holds him in slavery to the said Plaintiff
damage one hundred Dollars and therefore he brings
Suit &c A B Murdock Atty for Plff St LouisSt Louis12th Dec. 1842 â Upon which Declaration a Summons was
Summons issued in the words & figures following to wit " CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis as the State of MissouriMissouri to the Sheriff of St
Louis County Greeting. We command you to summon
Milton W. HopkinsMilton W Hopkins that he be and appear before

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the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court on the first day of the
next term thereof to be held at the City of St LouisCity of St Louis
within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the third
Monday of March next and then and there to answer
unto Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson (a man of color) of a plea of
Trespass in false imprisonment to the damage of
said Plaintiff One Hundred Dollars. And have you
then there this writ Seal Witness John RulandJohn Ruland
Clerk of our said Court with the seal thereof hereto
affixed at office in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis this twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty two 2nd RulandRuland Clerk
âUpon which summons the Sheriff made the following
Shffs return [ return ] to wit: "Executed this writ in the County ofCounty of Saint Louis
Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the 31st day of December 1842, by
reading it and the declaration and order of the
Judge to Milton W. HopkinsMilton W Hopkins the Defendant WilliamWilliam Milburn
MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff by HenryHenry B. Belt Deputy and on
the following 26th day of March last year aforesaid
the following admission of Defendant was filed to wit:
Admission "In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court Suit for freedom ThomasThomas Jefferson
JeffersonThomas Jefferson vsMilton W. HopkinsMilton W Hopkins Milton W. HopkinsMilton W Hopkins the
defendant in this case admits that at the time of the
institution of this suit he held the said ThomasThomas Jefferson
JeffersonThomas Jefferson a Man of Color in his Service as a Slave
having hired him of Doctor ProsserProsser of JacksonvilleJacksonville
IllinoisIllinois M W. Hopkins I agree that the above facts
are true and that this may be recd in evidence M
Leslie Attorney for ProsserProsser "And on the following Fifth day of May 1843 the following Plea was filed to wit
Plea In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court April Term 1843ThomasThomas Jefferson
JeffersonThomas Jefferson vsMilton W. HopkinsMilton W Hopkins And the said Defendant