Ralph Gordon, a man of color v. Robert Duncan and James Duncan
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State of MissouriMissouriCircuit CourtCircuit Court third Judicial Circuit,
July Term AD 1833

Saint LouisSt Louis County Ralph, otherwise Ralph GordonRalph Gordon , a free,
man of colour by BirdBird his attorney complains of RobertRobert Duncan ,
DuncanRobert Duncan & James DuncanJames Duncan of a plea of Tresspass,
& Battery & false impresenment for that heretofor
to wit, on the seventeenth day of april in the year of grace eighteen hundred & thirty one at St LouisSt Louis in said
County the said Defendant the force, & arms an assault,
make upon the body of him the said plaintiff
and him the plaintiff did then & there be at & ill treat & him
the said plaintiff did then & there imprison the said plaintiff without,
any reasonable or probably, cause whatsoever, & have
kept & detained the said plaintiff in prison there as
aforesaid without, any legal or just, cause from the
day last aforesaid By means of which greivances, said
plaintiff has from atending to his
affares a large sum of
money which he other wise, could & should have
to the sum of hundred
other wrongs to the said plaintiff then & there
aginst the & of said state wherefore
plaintiff he is infured & hath sustained
Damage to five hundred Dollars & therefore to

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County of St LouisCounty of St LouisSs

The State of MissouriMissouri

To the sherrif, of the county of Saint LouisSt Louis Greeting

We Command you to Summon Robert DuncanRobert Duncan & JamesJames Duncan
DuncanJames Duncan 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 LouisSt Louis within and for the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the fourth monday
of july instant then and there to answer unto RalphRalph , otherwise RalphRalph Gordon ,
GordonRalph Gordon , a free man of color of a plea of tresspass, assault Battery
& false improsonment to the damage of the said plaintiff of five hundred
dollars and have you then there this writ

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Witness ArchibaldArchibald gamble clerk of oursaid
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at office this fifth day of july one thousand eight hundred and thirty three

ArchibaldArchibald gamble Clerk

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No 99

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1833

RalphRalph otherwise Ralph GordonRalph Gordon ,
vsRobertRobert Duncan ,DuncanRobert Duncan & James DuncanJames Duncan

in tresspass,
Battery & false improsement
Damages $ 500 the clerk
pleas a

Filed 5th July 1833, atty

Filed 5th July 1833

ArchibaldArchibald gamble clerk

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Served this writ on Robert DuncanRobert Duncan
on the 5th day of July 1833 by
reading it & the declaration to him
in the City St LouisSt LouisJames DuncanJames Duncan
not found in my county 6th july 1833

John K WalkerJohn K Walker

by

Dlff

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$ 100
50
$ 1.50

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RalphRalph ,
vs
Rob, Duncan infaith Jas Duncan,

And the said Robert DuncanRobert Duncan comes,
defends, the force when and says that
he is not gulty of the wrongs & greivances, above said to his
charge, in manner form as the plaintiff has
above complained against him, and of this he
puts himself upon the County.

Bates

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And for a further plea in this behalf the
said defendant says that the said plaintiff ought
not to maintain his aforesaid action because,
he says that at the time of the commencement
of this writ the said plaintiff was & still is a
to writ at the county aforesaid and this he is ready
to verify where for he prays judgement

& BatesBates

Filed july 29th 1833

Ag Clk,

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No 99
July term 1833
RalphRalph ,
vs
RobertRobert Duncan ,DuncanRobert Duncan

1 not guilty,

2 plff a slave

Filed July 29th 1833

A GambleArchibald Gamble clk

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RalphRalph a man of color
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan
the the James DuncanJames Duncan

and the said plaintiff by EA Bud,
his attorney comes and says, that he ought
not to be barred, or precluded from having
or maintaining, his said action against
said defendant by reason of any thing
by the defendant in his second plea alledged
because he says that he was not at the commencement of said, suit a slave
as an said plea alleged & of this he puts
himself upon the County

EA Bud, plff atty

filed August 31st 1833

A gamble clk

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sub- verdict & judgment- Book 7 - 201

appeal 210

Fee bill 85

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No 99
July Term 1833
RalphRalph
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan
impleaded to

Replication, to
Defts 2nd plea

Bud plffs, atty

filed August 31st 1833

A gamble clk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

.

State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County- Greeting

.

You are hereby commanded to summon David LawrenceDavid Lawrence JamesJames Duncan
DuncanJames Duncan John WarfieldJohn Warfield John BobbJohn Bobb
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the fourteenth day ofApril at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify and
the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein Rolph alias Rolph GordonGordon , is plaintiff and
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan impe, defendant on the
part of Plaintiff and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this ninth day of Aprilin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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RalphRalph
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

for

David LawrenceDavid Lawrence


James DuncanJames Duncan


John Warfeild

John BobBob


14th April for
Plaintiff
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Executed this writ on David LawrenceDavid Lawrence
& John BobbJohn Bobb 9th on James DuncanJames Duncan 10th
in the county of St LouisSt LouisApril 1834JohnJohn Warfield
WarfieldJohn Warfield not found

John K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

By

IsaacIsaac Stones DP

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Service $ 1.50
1 12 1/2
$ 1.62 1/2

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

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State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting

.

You are hereby commanded to summon JohnJohn Warfield WarfieldJohn Warfield , &
Calvin, Francis
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , forthwith, day of
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and
the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein RalphRalph plaintiff and
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan defendant on the
part of the plaintiff and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 21st day of Aprilin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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RalphRalph
vs
Rob Duncan

for

Jno Warfield,

Calvin Francis, forthwith,
for plaintiff
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Executed this writ on Calvin, Francis
in the city of S LouisS LouisApril 23rd 1834 John
Jon Warfield, not found in my county

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker , Shff

by

IsaacIsaac Stones, D P

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Service 50
12
62

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County,
Greeting

.

We Command you to attach JohnJohn Bobb BobbJohn Bobb ,
by his body and him safely keep, so that you have his body before
the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , now in session at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, within and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,
forthwith, 183 then and there to testify and the truth to say in a
certain matter of controversy, now pending in our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , between RalphRalph ,
is plaintiff and Robert DuncanRobert Duncan is
defendant wherein the said Bobb, has
heretofore been summoned on the part of the said plaintiff

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at
the City of St LouisCity of St Louis, this 24th day of Aprilin the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

A gamble

Clerk, C.C.
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34

20

74

18 3/4

92 3/4

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Jod Belts,,
JacobJacob Hawkins,
Jos T Levis,

JD Harvil,
HenryHenry G Stone
DavidDavid Kyle,
Paul J Lavish,

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RalphRalph ,
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

for
for Jno Bobb,
attachment
Witness,
in suit

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Excuted this writ & have the body
of John BobbJohn Bobb in open court

John K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

$ 100
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

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State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting

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You are hereby commanded to summon John McGovern,
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the twenty eighth day of April at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify and
the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein RalphRalph is plaintiff and
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan defendant on the
part of the Defendant and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 26th day of Aprilin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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RalphRalph
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

for
Jn. McGovern,
28th April for
Defendant

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Executed this writ on John McGovern,
in the city of St LouisSt Louis on the 26th day of April 1834

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker , Shff

service, 50 cts,
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

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State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County- Greeting

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You are hereby commanded to summon Sally DuncanSally Duncan
John & Joseph
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , forthwith day of
at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify and
the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein RalphRalph Gordon GordonRalph Gordon , is plaintiff and
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan is defendant on the
part of Plaintiff and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 28th day of Aprilin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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RalphRalph Gordon GordonRalph Gordon ,
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

for

Sally AdamsSally Adams


Jno Mc McGovern,


Joseph NeilJoseph Neil


forthwith
for Plf
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Served this writ on all the within
named persons 28th April 1834

Jno K WalkerJohn K Walker

By


$ 1.50
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RalphRalph alias,
Ralph GordonRalph Gordon ,
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan
april 28th

and now come the partus aforesaid, by
their respective attorneys & neither party
requring a jury the cause is submitted to the court to
find the facts & determine the law ordering there
and the court after, hearing, the discussion, finds
the facts to him as follows - That in may AD 1830
the plaintiff under the statute brought this suit for
freedom against DuncanDuncan That by the
order of this court the plaintiff was hired out
during the of said suit untill some,
time in April 1831 on motion of said
Coloman DuncanColoman Duncan in that suit the court made the order of which the
following is a copy here copy the order upon the
sheriff requring him to deliver, the plaintiff to JamesJames
or Colman DuncanColman Duncan

The court finds that said JamesJames
and, the said Robert DuncanRobert Duncan as his security did in
april 1831 enter into a agreeably to the
order of said court & that there upon said
sheriff did deliver, said RalphRalph into the possession, of said
James DuncanJames Duncan & that in april or may 1831 said
JamesJames delivered said RalphRalph to said Robert DuncanRobert Duncan ,
The court finds that said Robert DuncanRobert Duncan kept
& detained said RalphRalph
as the slave of said Colman DuncanColman Duncan until
march or april 1832 and that the of said
RalphRalph this kept were the the
sum of one hundred dollars

The court finds that in the spring of 1832 said
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan hired out said RalphRalph to
David LawrenceDavid Lawrence , as the slave of said Colman DuncanColman Duncan
that said RalphRalph worked with, said Lawrence,
at seventy five cents, per day untill his wages
amounted to fifty Dollars which sum was paid,
to said Robert DuncanRobert Duncan for the hire of said
RalphRalph the court finds that in the suit by
said RalphRalph against said Coloman DuncanColoman Duncan as
aforesaid Judgment was rendered by said court

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at the November, term thereof AD1833 that said RalphRalph
was a free person, & that he be liberated, from the
said Colman DuncanColman Duncan & all person claiming by
through or under him. These facts in the opinion, of the
court are not sufficient to the plaintiff to have,
& maintain his suit and from then the court
finds that the defendant is not guilty, in manner
& form as the plaintiff has in his declaration
alleged. Therefore it is considered

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RalphRalph Gordon GordonRalph Gordon ,
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

special

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Ralph GordonRalph Gordon
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

return of tresspass, to St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

.

A on behalf of the said plaintiff
says he has prayed, an appeal, from the Judgment
of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court , in said cause to the SupremeSupreme Court
CourtSupreme Court that this application for an appeal is not,
made for the purpose of or delay
but, because the applicant verily believes, said plaintiff
is [ agreived ] by the Judgment aforesaid from
he has prayed said, appeal

G A

Sworn to in open
Court May 5th 1834

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Ralph GordonRalph Gordon
vs
Robert DuncanRobert Duncan

applicant for
appeal filed
May 5th 1834

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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