Malinda Duty, a woman of colour v. George W. Coons
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
of St Louis County
October November Term 1845.

MalindaMalinda (a woman of colour) vsGeorgeGeorge W Coons WGeorge W Coons . CoonsGeorge W Coons ad.

MalindaMalinda a woman of color by A PAlexander P Fields
FieldAlexander P Fields her attorney complains of GeorgeGeorge W Coons
WGeorge W Coons . CoonsGeorge W Coons administrator: of the estate of
MiltonMilton Duty deceased, in custody &c of
a plea of trespass and false imprisonment
for this to wit that the said
defendant on the twentyfifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five at
the County and Circuit aforesaid and
within the Jurisdiction of this Court
with force and arms assaulted the said
plaintiff and there and then beat bruised and
ill treated her and there and then imprisoned
and [ kepted ] and detained her in prison for a
long space of time to wit for the space
of six months then next [ unsuing ] against
The will and consent of her the said plaintiff
and contrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri
and the liberty of the people thereof and the
said plaintiff avers that before and at the
time of the commiting of the said grievances
by the said defendant plaintiff
was and still is a free person and the said
defendant wrongfully and unjustly held
and still holds the said plaintiff in slavery
and other wrongs to the said plaintiff there
and then did, against the peace and

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and dignity of the State of MissouriMissouri and
to the damage of the said plaintiff one
thousand dollars and therefore she sues

A PAlexander P Fields FieldAlexander P Fields
Attorney for Plaintiff