[ Gayus ] Duty defendant
In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1852
The Plaintiff states that the defendant heretofore to wit
on the first day of February 1852 at the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St. LouisCounty of St Louis did then & there falsely imprison him
the said plaintiff without any reasonable, probable or lawful
And the plaintiff avers that before and
at the time of the committing of the said grievances
he was and still is a free person.
And that the defen
dant held & still holds him in Slavery,
Plaintiff asks judgement declaring him free.
Attys for Plaintiff