William vs. Stephen Smith
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

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

County of St.LouisCounty of St Louis SS: WilliamWilliam a free negro boy held in slavery
being permitted to sue, as a pauper, by J. SpaldingJ Spalding his attorney
assigned to prosecute this suit, complains of StephenStephen Smith
SmithStephen Smith of a plea of trespass. For that said SmithSmith on
the first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven at the County
aforesaid, with force and arms &, C, [  assaultded ]
did make upon him said WilliamWilliam and then and there
beatbruised and ill treated him said WilliamWilliam and then
and there imprisoned him and kept and detained him
a prisoner there without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever for a long time to wit hitherto, contrary
to law and against the will of said plaintiff and
then and there heldand detained said plaintiff in slavery
and still holds and detains him in slavery and then
and there did other wrongs to said plaintiff to his damage
of five hundred dollars and therefore he brings
his suit &, 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 to summon, Stephen SmithStephen Smith that he be and appear before the
Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at tht next Term thereof to be held at the City of StCity of St Louis
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 to WilliamWilliam a free Negro boy held in slavery of a
plea of trespass to the damage of said plaintiff of five hundred dollars
and have you then there this writ,

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at
Office this sixth day of May in the year 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
ChambersChambers this ninth of May 1827

On reading the within petition and the annexed affidavit and being of opinion that said
petition contain 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 MillyMilly ,
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 petitioner have reasonable liberty to attend their said Counsel
& the said Court when occasion may require and that said petitioners shall not to taken
or removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court where said suits an to
be commenced nor shall be subject to any severity of treatment an account of this
application for freedom, and being satisfied, that the said petitioners are about to be
removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court if is further ordered that
the within named Stephen 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 petitioners
shall not be removed out of the Jurisdiction of said St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .- and at 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 suits and that he take a bond from each person hiring any of
said petitioners in the penalty of Three hundred dollars for each person hired out exclusive
of the infant conditioned according to law. Given order my hand the day & year
above written WillWill . C. CarrCarr Judge 3 J Circuit

A True copy of the order

ArchArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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And the said StephenStephen by GeyerGeyer his attorney comes & defends
the force &injury when C C & says that he is not guilty
on manner & force as the plantiff hath above there
complained against him & of this he puts himself upon
the county
filed July 29th1827

A G Clk

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Executed this writ on Stephen SmithStephen Smith May 10. 1827
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis by informing said SmithSmith of
the contents & objects thereof and his acknowledging
the service of the same

R SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff

service $ 1.00
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No 16

July Term 1827St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

WilliamWilliam
vs.,
Stephen SmithStephen Smith

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trespass for freedom, Issue
summons,

J. SpaldingJ Spalding atty

Filed 9th May 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Special Verdict Book 5 page 293 Judgement 5 page - 538

A.GambleArchibald Gamble clerk