Thornton Kinney v. John F. Hatcher and Charles C. Bridges
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of
St. LouisSt LouisNov Term 1853

ThorntonThornton Kinney KinneyThornton Kinney of Colour plaintiff
vs
JohnJohn F Hatcher FJohn F Hatcher . HatcherJohn F Hatcher &
CharlesCharles C. BridgesBridges Defts.. -

The seperate answer of CharlesCharles C.
BridgesBridges

This defendant CharlesCharles C. BridgesBridges states
thathedid know the plaintiff as a slave three
or four years ago, and he denies that he is a free
man or entitled to his freedom. Touching the
allegations in the petition of the
place of plaintiffs birth or of his removal to StauntonStaunton
or that he wasapprenticed to Kennedy or that
he his certificate of freedom, or that he
went to LiberiaLiberia orreturned therefrom or was
subsequently engaged as stated in the petition.
he has no knowledgeorinformation of any
sort whatever sufficient upon which to form
a belief, Defendant further states that the
plaintiff escaped from the defendant
in March 1852 and in the present month was
in the Aby. of WLevi as a runaway
slave and was committed as such to the jail
of St Louis County by order of PeterPeter WW Johnstone .JohnstoneW Johnstone
a justice of the peace of St Louis County,
at the time of the plaintiffs arrest and committment
the defendant was not in the StateMissouri ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
and had no agency whatever in having said
plaintiff arrested, and he denies that he ever
atany time had the plaintiff in his possession
or under his Control and he denies that he at
any time ever held the plaintiff in Slavery

CharlesCharles C. Bridges