Nathaniel, a man of color v. George W. Coons
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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

NatNat , a man of color plaintiff com-
plains of George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons defendant of a plea of trespass
and false imprisonment, for that the said de-
fendant on the tenth day of June A.D. 1844,
with force and arms, at the County aforesaid
assaulted the said plaintiff and then and there
beat, bruised, and ill-treated him, and then
and there imprisoned him, and kept and
detained him in prison there, without any
reasonable or probable cause whatsoever, for
a long time, to wit: for the space of six hours
then next ensuing contrary to the will of the
said plaintiff and contrary to the laws of the
State of MissouriMissouri:

And the said plaintiff avers that before
and at the time of the commission of the griev-
ances by the said defendant above mentioned, he
said plaintiff was and still is a free person
and that the said defendant held and still
holds him in slavery, against the peace of
the State of MissouriMissouri and the liberties of the
people thereof, and to the damage of the plain-
tiff, of five thousand dollars, wherefore he sues

Risque & TownsendTownsend
for plff.