Martha Ann, a woman of colour v. Hiram Cordell
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for Saint LouisSt Louis County
November Term, 1844.

Saint LouisSt Louis County

Matha Ann, a woman of colour, who, by leave
of the Court, brings this suit as a poor person, complains
of Hiram CordellHiram Cordell in a plea of trespass, for that the
said Martha AnnMartha Ann before and at the time of the grievances
hereinafter mentioned to have been committed by the said CordellCordell , was and yet is a free person, and the said
Hiram CordellHiram Cordell on the 1st day of January now last
past with force and arms at Saint LouisSt Louis aforesaid
in and upon the said plaintiff did make an assault
and then & there did imprison and restrain of liberty
the plaintiff for a long space of time to wit one month
then next ensuing, and then & there held and ever
since has held and still holds in slavery the said
plaintiff; and other wrongs to the plaintiff then & there
did against the peace and to the great damage
of the plaintiff, and for the recovery of her freedom
the plaintiff brings this suit &c

By her attorney assigned by the Court
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