Harry Dick, a free negro man vs. Stephen Smith
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

For the July Term thereof in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven,

St Louis County Ss: Harry DickHarry Dick a free colored person negro man permitted
by the Judge in vocation to sue as a pauper for freedom by
J. SpaldingJ Spalding his attorney assigned by said Judge complains of Ste
phen SmithSmith of a plea of trespass, For that said SmithSmith on
the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven at the County aforesaid
with force and arms &, C, made an assault upon him said
Harry DickHarry Dick found Then & there beatbruised and ill treated him the
said plaintiff and then and there imprisoned him and kept
and detained him a prisoner there without any reasona
ble or probable cause whatsoever for a long time to suit for
one month then next following, & and hitherto: Contrary to law
and against the will of said plaintiff and said plaintiff
doth over that said plaintiff held and detained him and
doth still hold and detain him in slavery: and said
plaintiff then and there did other wrong to said plaintiff
To his damage of five hundred dollars and
therefore he sues &,C,

J. SpaldingJ Spalding atty

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County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of said County Greeting

We command you to summon Stephen SmithStephen Smith that he be and appear before
the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to be held at the CityCity of St Louis
of St LouisCity of St Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the Fourth monday of
July next then and there to answer unto Harry DickHarry Dick a free negro man of
a plea of trespass to his damage of five hundred dollars and have you then
there this writ

Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court
at office this Ninth day of May 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St Louis County-

Before WilliamWilliam C CarrCarr Judge of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court at chamber
this ninth of May 1827

On reading the within petition and the annexed affidavit and being of opinion that said
petition contains sufficient matter to authorize The commencement of suits for freedom in the name
of each person within named claimed as a slave, it is Ordered that said milly, Harry DickHarry Dick , William
& David Shipman be permitted to sue as poor persons to establish their freedom respectively and
that JosiahJosiah Spalding SpaldingJosiah Spalding be assigned as their Counsel. It is further ordered that the said petitioners have
reasonable liberty to attend their said Counsel & the Court when occasion may require and that
said petitioner shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
where said suits are to be commenced nor shall be subject to any severity on account of their
application for freedom and being satisfied that the said petitioner are about to be removed out
of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court it is further ordered that the within named StephenStephen Smith
SmithStephen Smith (who is to be made defendant in said suits shall enter into a recognizance with a sufficient
security conditioned that the petitioners shall at all times during the said suit have reasonable liberty
of attending their Counsel; and that said petitioner shall not be removed out of the Jurisdiction of said
St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .- and it further appearing that said SmithSmith refuses to enter into said recognizance
it is hereby ordered that the Sheriff of St Louis County take possession of the petitioners and
hire them out to the best advantage from time to time during the pendency of said writ and
that he take abond from each person hiring any of said petitioners in the penalty of three hundred
dollars for each person hired and exclusive of the infant conditioned according to cause given
under my hand the day & years above written- WillWill . C CarrCarr Judge 3 J Circuit

A true copy of the order,

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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And the said StephenStephen by GeyerGeyer his attorney comes and
defends the force & injury when and says that he is
not guiltyin manner & force as the plaintiff hath above
thereof complained against him & of this he puts himself
upon the county Geyer

Geyer

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Executed this writ on Stephen SmithStephen Smith May 10th 1827
in the city of St LouisSt Louis by informing said SmithSmith of the
contents & objects thereof and his aknowledging the
service of the same

R SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff

Service $ 1.00
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No 15

July Term 1827
St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Harry DickHarry Dick
vs.
Stephen SmithStephen Smith

Suit in Trespass for freedom
Issue summons,

J. SpaldingJ Spalding , atty

Filed 9th May 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Plea filed July 3rd 1827

Special Verdict Book 5 page 289
Judgement Book 5 page 538

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk