Rachel Steele, a coloured woman v. Thomas Taylor
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In Saint LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court , April Term, 1845

Saint LouisSt Louis,ssRachelRachel Steele SteeleRachel Steele coloured woman, who sues in
this behalf as a poor person, by R.M. Field counsel assigned
her by the court, complains of ThomasThomas Taylor TaylorThomas Taylor in a plea of trespass
for that before and at time of the committing of the grievances herein
after mentioned by the defendant the complainant was and still is
a free person a that the defendant on the first day of January past
at Saint LouisSt Louis did make an assault in upon the plaintiff then & there imprisoned & kept in prison & restrained of her freedom the
plaintiff for a long space of time to wit from there hitherto & then &
there held & still holds the plaintiff as a & other wrongs to
the plaintiff then & there did against the peace to the great
damage of the plaintiff for the recovery of her freedom the
plaintiff brings this suit &c.

R.W. Field