Elizabeth, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
Ss

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November term 1827.

ElizabethElizabeth a free girl of color held in slavery who i
permitted by the court to sue by Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin
the next friend as a poor person, by her attorneys JohnJohn M Bass
M BassJohn M Bass & IsaacIsaac
C McGirkMcGirk assignedby said court as
counsel, complains of FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard & Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
of a plea of trespass with force & arms for that the said defendants
heretofore to wit on the first day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven with force and arms
at the county of St. LouisSt Louisaforesaw unlawfully an assault did
make in and upon the said ElizabethElizabeth and then & there
beat bruised and ill- treated the said ElizabethElizabeth and
then & there imprisoned her and kept and detained her
in prison without any probable or reasonable cause what
so ever and have eversincekept&detained her in
prison and do still keep & detain her the said ElizabethElizabeth
and the said plaintiffs that before & at the time of committing this grievance
in prisonagainst her will, contrary to the laws
aforesaid she was & still is a free person and that the defendants held detained & still hold & detain
her the said ElizabethElizabeth in slavery of the state and other wrongs then & there did to
the said ElizabethElizabeth against the peace of this state;
wherefore the said ElizabethElizabeth says she is injured
and has sustained damage to the amount of
five hundred dollars and therefore she sues c

Bass & McGirk
Atty P Q.

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

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting

We command you to summon Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville that
they be and appear before the Juddge of an circuit Court at the next term thereof to be
held at the city of St. LouisSt Louis within and for the county of St. LouisSt Louis on the Fourth monday
of November next then and there to answer into ElizabethElizabeth who sues by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next friend of a plea of Trespass to the
damage of said plaintiff of Five Hundred Dollars and have you then therethis
writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court of office
this fourth day of August 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Executed this writ on Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville August 8th 1827 in the CityCity of St Louis
of St LouisCity of St Louis by informing him of the contents thereof and his acknowledging
the service of the same Francis MenardFrancois Menard not found in my
County Nov 10th 1827

R. Simpson Sheriff

Service $ 1.00
non Est 50
1.50 July 12 1828.Francois MenardFrancois Menard not found
&

R SimpsonR Simpson Shff

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No 13

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November term 1827.

Elisabth a free girl of Color
vs
Francois MenardFrancois Menard & Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

Declaration

This is an action of assault
& Battery and false impris
onment

Let a summon issue

Bass & McGirk
P L.

Filed 4th August 1827,

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Amended declaration filed 18th December 1827

Arch GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St. LouisSt LouisCicuit CourtCircut Court July Term 1827

John M BassJohn M Bass presents to the Court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia and VictoireVictoire children
of MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institutea suit
against FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for Establishing their right to
freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons - thereupon the Court
permit the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire , and VirginiaVirginia to sue as aforesaid and direct that
an action of assault and battery and false imprisonment be commenced against
the said defendants by their next friend in the names of the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire
and VirginiaVirginia and assignJohn M BassJohn M Bass and IsaacIsaac C McGirkMcGirk as their counsel and it
is ordered by the Court that the said defendants permit the said plaintiffs to have a
reasonable liberty of attending their counsel and the Court when occasion may
require it and that the said plaintiff shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction
of this Court and that the said plaintiff shall not be subject to any seventy
of treatment on account of then said application for freedom

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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> County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The State of MisouriMissouri To the Sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting

We command you to summon FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard that he be and appear before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to he held at the City 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 their to answer unto
ElizabethElizabeth who sues by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin her next friend of a plea of trespass to the damage of
said plaintiff of Five Hundred dollars and have you then there this writ

Witness archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our aid Court at office this
Ninth day of may One thousand Eight hundred and twenty Eight

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard
&
AndreAndre Laundreville [ Andre LaundrevilleLaundreville ]

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Mr AndreAndre Laundreville [ Andre LaundrevilleLaundreville ]

WillWill take notice that
on the 13th day of the present month between the
hours of 9 O clock in the forenoon and 5 O clock in the
afternoon of that day at the office of V
in thi city we shall proceed to take the depositions of
witneses to be read in the above suit in behalf
of the plaintiff.

St. LouisSt LouisNov 6th 1827.

Bass & McGirk Attys for Pltff

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
Menard & Landreville
notice

Served a Copy of the within notice on AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville Nov. 8th 1827 in St. LouisSt Louis

Ln Simonds Dp. Sheriff

Service $ 0.50
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November term 1827

Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

ElizabethElizabeth

And thesaidAndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville by his attorney
and defendsthe force
and injury wherefore and says he is not guilty
of the said supposedtrespassassaults and
battery; imprisonment and detentions
above said to his charge or anypart thereof
in manner & form as the said ElizabethElizabeth by
her next friendAlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin hath above
thereof against him and of this
hethe said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville puts
himself upon the county
and the said plaintiff doth the like Bass & McGirk for pltff

And for furtherpleain this behalf
the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville says the said
ElizabethElizabeth ought not to haveor maintain her
aforesaid action thereof against him because
he says that the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
at the times mentioned in the said
declaration had not norclaimed to have nor
hath he nor dothhe now claim to have but
disavoweth and disclaimethtohaveanytitle
claim or interest in and to then said
ElizabethElizabeth and thusthen said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
is ready to testifywherefore he prays
judgement if the said plaintiff ought to
have or maintain aforesaid actionagainsthim

attorney for dnt

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No 13

November Term 1827

ElizabethElizabeth
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

filed for Nov 29th 1827

A. GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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ElizabethElizabeth vsA LandrevilleA Landreville

and the said, ElizabethElizabeth for replication to the
plea of the said LandrevilleLandreville secondly above plea did says that
She ought not to be barred & precluded from having & maintaining
her action aforesaid against the said LandrevilleLandreville because she
says that the said LandrevilleLandreville at the said times in her said declaration
mentioned & before the said several times did
claim to have & hold the said ElizabethElizabeth as a slave & doth still
claim the said ElizabethElizabeth as a slave and of this she the said
ElizabethElizabeth puts hereof upon the county & C.

Bass & McGirk
Attys for Pltff.

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

Rep filed Decr 2nd 1828

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk