Anson, a boy of color vs. Elijah Mitchel
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CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court July Term 1832

St LouisSt Louis county to wit. AnsonAnson an infant
of color who sues by permission of this
court by his next friend William ClarkWilliam Clark
complains of ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel of a plea of
trespass for that the said ElijahElijah MichalMichael
on the twenty second day of May in the year 1832 with force and arms made
an assault for the said AnsonAnson to wit
at the county of St LouisSt Louis and then and
there beat bruised and ill treated him
and then and there imprisonedhimthe said
AnsonAnson and left and detainedhimhim the
said AnsonAnson in prison without any probable
causewhatsoever for a long time to
wit for then space of 10 hours then next
following contrary to law and against the
will of the said AnsonAnson and the said
Auson avers that before and at the
of the abovegrievances he was and still
is a free person and that the defendant
and detainedhim in slavery and still
holds and detains him in slavery and
other wrongs to him the said AnsonAnson then

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and there did of of
the state and to the damages of the
plaintiff

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The State of MissouriMissouri County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint LouisSs

To the Sheriff of the county of Saint LouisSt Louis Greeting

You are hereby commanded to summon ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel that he
be and appear before the judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next July
term thereof to be held at the City ofCity of St Louis StCity of St Louis. LouisCity of St Louis within and for the CountyCounty of Saint Louis
of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the fourth Monday of July next then and there to answer
unto AnsonAnson an infant of color who sues by permission of the Court by
his next friend William ClarkWilliam Clark of a plea of trespass to the damage of
the plaintiff five hundreddollars and have you then there writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at office this Twenty third day of May eighteen hundred and thirty two

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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Copy of the order of the Judge permitting petition to give

The above petitioners are allowed to institute a suit on the foregoing petition
to establish their right to freedom & the clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court for St Louis
County is hereby directed to issue a writ according to the Statute in such
case made & provided. It is also ordered that the said petitioners be not
subject to any severity on account of their application for freedom - that they have reasonable liberty of attending their counsel & the court whenever
occasion may require and that they he not removed out of the Jurisdiction
of the court

Given under my hand as Judge of the third Judicial
Circuit State of MissouriMissouri at ChambersChambers this 23 May 1832

WillWill . C. CarrCarr

A True copy of the order

A GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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State of MissouriMissouri
County ofCounty of Jefferson JeffersonCounty of Jefferson
sct
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of said County Greeting

You are hereby commanded to summon ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel that he
be and appear before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the
next term thereof to be held at the Town of Herculaneum
within and for County on the third Monday of July
next then and there to unto AnsonAnson an infant of
colour who sues by permission of the Court by his next friend
William ClarkWilliam Clark of a plea of trespass to the damage of the plaintiff
Five hundred dollars And have you then there this writ.

Witness Chauncey SmithChauncey Smith Clerk of CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court at Office this twenty fifth day of May eighteen hundred and thirty two

Chauncey SmithChauncey Smith Clerk

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No 48 B

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1832

AnsonAnson a boy of color
vs
ElijahElijah Mitchel MitchelElijah Mitchel

This is an action of
assault and battery
and false imprisonment
the clerk
will

p q.

Filed 23d may 1832

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Filed May 26th 1832
C Smith Clark