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

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1827.

VictoireVictoire a free girl of color held in slavery, who is
permitted by the court to sue by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next - friend as a poor person, by her attorneys
JohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass BassJohn M Bass &IsaacGMcGirkassigned as Counsel
by said court complains of FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard and
AndreAndre Laundreville 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 LouisCounty of St Louis, aforesaw unlawfully
an assault did make in & upon the said VictoireVictoire
and then and there beat, bruised & ill-treated the said
VictoireVictoire and then & there imprisoned her and kept
and detained her in prison, without any reasonable
or probable cause what soever, and have ever
kept & detained her the said VictoireVictoire in
prison and do still keep and detain her in prison
against her will contrary to the Laws of the state
and the said Plantiff That before & at the time of the committing the grievances aforesaid she was & still
is a free person and the defendentsheld & detainedher & still hold & detain her the
and said VictoireVictoire in slavery other wrongs then and there did to the said /VictoireVictoire
against the peace of the state
wherefore the said VictoireVictoire says she is injured and
has sustained damage to the amount of five
hundred dollars and therefore she sues

Bass & McGirkAttys PQ

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

To the Sheriff of St Louis County Greeting

We commanded you to summonFrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard that he be and appear before the Judge of our
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to be held at the City of St LouisCity of St Louis within and for the County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the Fourth monday of July next then and there to answer unto VictoireVictoire who sues by 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

WitnessArchibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk of our said court at office
this Ninth day of may 1828

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1827

John M BassJohn M Bass presents to the court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia & VictoireVictoire children of
MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institute suit against FrancoisFrancois Menard
MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for establishing their right to Freedom and that they may be
permitted to due 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 & VirginiaVirginia and assign John M BassJohn M Bass and Isaac @
M McGirk as their Counsel and it is ordered by the court that the said defendants permit
the said plaintiffs to have 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 severity of treatment on account of their said application for freedom

A True copy of the order

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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

To the Sheriff of St Louis County greeting

We commanded you to Summon Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville that
they be and appear before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to be
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 November next then and there to answer unto VictoireVictoire who sues by 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 ArchibaldArchibald gamble clerk of our said court at office
this fourth day of August 1827

ArchibaldArchibald gamble Clerk

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No 15

In the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court . November Term 1827.

VictoireVictoire a free girl of color
vs
Francois MenardFrancois Menard
and Andre Landerville.

To the clerk.
This is an action of
assault & Battery and false
[  Imprisment ]

Let a summons issue

Bass & McGirk
PQ

Filed 14th August 1827.

Archd GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Amended declaration filed 18th December 1827

Archd GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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

R. SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff

Service $ 1.00
non est 50
1,50 Francois MenardFrancois Menard not found
R SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff
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Victorie
vs
FrancisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard
&
Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The last named defendent will take notice
that on the 13th day of this month between the
hours of 9 O clock in the forenoon & 5 O clock in the
afternoon of that day at the of file of J.V.
in this city we shall /proceed to take the depositions
of witnesses to be read in the trial of the above
cause in behalf of the Plaintiff

St LouisSt Louis6th of Nov: 1827.

Bass & McGirk
Attys for Pltff

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Victorie
vs
Menard & Landreville.
notice

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

JnJohn Simonds Jr SimondsJohn Simonds Jr JrJohn Simonds Jr Dp Sheriff

Service $ 0.50
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November Term 1827

AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
vs
VictoireVictoire

And the said AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville by his
Attorneycauses and defends
the force and injurywherefore And says he
is not gulity of the said supposedtrespass
assaults and battery and falseimprisonment &
above laid to his charge or any
part thereof in manner and form as the said
VictoireVictoire by hernextfriendAlexisAlexis Amelin
AmelinAlexis Amelin hathabovethereofagainsthim
of this he the said AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
puts himself of upon the county

and the plaintiff doth the like Bass $McGirk for pltff
And for further pleainthis behalf
the said AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville says the said
VictoireVictoire ought not to have or maintain her aforesaid
action thereof against him because he says
that he the said AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville at the
timesmentionedinthesaiddeclarationhad
not norclaimed to have norhathhenordothhe
now claim to having but disavoweth and disclaimeth
to have any titleclaimorinterestin or
to the said VictoireVictoire and this the said
AndreAndre Laundreville LandrevilleAndre Laundreville is ready to verify ;wherefore

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he prays judgement if the said plaintiff ought
to have or maintain her aforesaid actionagainst
him

attorney for defendent

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no 15

November Term 1827.

VictoireVictoire
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

filed nov 29th 1827

A gamble clk

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VictoireVictoire vs.AA Landreville LandrevilleA Landreville

and the said VictoireVictoire for replication to
the plea of the said LandrevilleLandreville secondly above pleaded says that
she ought not to be banned & precluded from having & maintaining
her action aforesaid against the said LandrevilleLandreville because
the says that the said LandrevilleLandreville at the said several times in her said
declaration mentioned & before the said times did claim to have
& hold the said VictoireVictoire as a slave & still does claim the said VictoireVictoire as a slave and of this she the said VictoireVictoire
puts hereself upon the county

McGirk & Bass for pltff

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VictoireVictoire
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

Rep filed Dec 2nd 1828

A gamble clk