Hannah, a mulatto woman v. John Pitcher
View original image: Page  005
[missing figure]

State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County ss.

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844.

HannahHannah , a woman of Color by her next
friend CharlesCharles Edmon EdmonCharles Edmon complains of John
Pitcher of a plea of trespass, for that the
said defendant on the third day of May in the year of our 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 her
in prison there, without any reasonable
or probable cause whatsoever for a long
time, to wit, for the space of twelve hours
then 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 againt
the will of the said plaintiff - to the damage
of the said plaintiff one dollar and therefore she
brings suit &c -

. B. Murdock
Atty for Plff.