Aspasia, a woman of color v. Hardage Lane
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court.
July Term 1839.
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis to writ:

AspasiaAspasia alias AspisaAspasia a free woman of
color complains of Hardage LaneHardage Lane of a plea of trespass
For that the said defendant heretofore to wit on the 27th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine in the city of St LouisSt Louis and
county aforesaid with force and arms made an assault
on the said plaintiff to wit: at the county aforesaid and
then and there beat, bruised, wounded, and ill-treated
her, and then and there imprisoned her and
kept and detained her in prison there, without any
reasonable or probable cause whatsoever, for a long time,
to wit, for the space of two years and three months
next before the said 27th day of May eighteen hundred and thirty ninecontrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri
and against the will of the said plaintiff, and other
wrongs to the said plaintiff then and there did against
the peace of the State of MissouriMissouri and to the damage of
the said plaintiff eight hundred dollars and therefore
she brings her suit &c.

FW Risque
atty: for Pltf:

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No.

Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
July Term 1839.

AspasiaAspasia , alias, AspisaAspasia
vs
Hardage LaneHardage Lane
Declaration

This is an action of Trespass
for false imprisonment.
Damage $800. Clerk will
issue summons.

Risque
atty: for Pltf:

by aty
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.
The State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County
â
Greeting:

We command you to Summon Hardage LaneHardage Lane if
he be found in your county that he be and
appear
before the judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of 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 third Monday
of July next, then and there to answer unto AspasiaAspasia alias
AspisaAspasia of a Plea of trespass on the case
to the damage of said plaintiff of eight hundred
dollars: And have you then there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court,
with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this twenty fifth day ofJune in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty nine.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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I acknowledge myself bound for all costs that may accrue in the above cause.

Witness my hand and seal, at St. LouisSt Louis, this day of 18

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Suit & Judg for deftBk 12 p 79

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No 346

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1839

AspasiaAspasia alias AspisaAspasia
vs
Hardage LaneHardage Lane
Summons

Plea of Trespass Dam $800.

Risque atty

Filed June 25th. 1839

JnJohn Ruland . RulandJohn Ruland Clerk


by ayty
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Executed this writ in the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis by offering to read it and the declaration
to Hardage LaneHardage Lane on the 28 June 1839
all of which he refused to hear

Sevice 1.00

Marshall. Brotherton.
Sheriff
By Wm. S. McKnight
Depty

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Returnable to July Term 1837

263

TriedMarch Term 1839

Book no 9 page 475

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346

July Term 1839

AspasiaAspasia alias AspisaAspasia
vs
Hardage LaneHardage Lane

1- not guilty

2 that plff wasslavery

3 foremen

Geyer & Hudsonp as

Filed March 26th 1840

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Hardage LaneHardage Lane
ats
AspasiaAspasia a free woman
of color

St LouisSt Louis Circuit Count
March Term 1840

And the said defendant
by HudsonHudson his attorney comes and defends
the force and injury when &c and says that he
is not guilty of the said supposed trespass and
grievancesabove said to his change or any or other
of them or any part thereof in manner and form
as the said plaintiff hath above thereof complained
aganist him and of this he the said defendant
puts himself upon the country &c

Geyer& HudsonAtts for Deft

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And for a further plea in this behalf leave of
the court being first obtained for that purpose the
said defendants say that the said plaintiff her action
aforesaid thereof against him the said defendant ought
not to have or maintain because he says that
at and during the said time when the said supposed
trespasses and grievances in the said plaintiffs declaration-
mentioned are alleged to have been committed
that she the said plaintiff was a slave
and this he the said defendant is ready to verify
wherefore he prays judgment &c

Geyer & Hudson atty for Deft

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And for further plea in this behalf the said
defendant comes and defends the force and injury
wherein and says that the said plaintiff her aforesaid
and action thereof against him the siad defendant
ought not to have or mantain because he says
that the said plaintiff heretofore to into at the
July Term of the SaintCircuit Court Louis CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
AD1837. held at the CityCity of St Louis of St LouisCity of St Louis to wit at the
county aforesaid before the HonbleLuke Edward LawlessLuke E Lawless
judge of the said court dulycommissioned to
hold the same, by a certain writ of summons
upheld the said defendant in a certain plea
of Trespass with force and arms for the committing

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the very Same supposedTrespass and grievances
as the said declaration above mentioned. Therefore
the said defendant afterwords to wit at the said
July Term of the same Count pleaded that he
the said defendant was not guilty of the said supposed
Trespass or any part theereof and was
therefore found upon the plea and behalf
the said plaintiff and the said defendant and therefore
afterwards to wit at the March Term of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court
AD1839 - at the city and County and country
aforesaid the said upon cause to be heard and
was then and there tried in due course of
law by a jury of the county duly summoned
tried chosen and sworn in that behalf between
the said planitiff and the said defendant which
jury when the said trial then and there upon their
oaths found the said defendant guilty of the
said supposed trespass as in the said declaration
mentioned and by that judgment and consideration
of the said court upon the and findings
of the jury aforesaid it was then and there
ordered and adjudged by said court that the
said plaintiff circuit of the said defendant the
au cost by reason of the whi
the said declaration mentioned and thought hour twenty december , as by
the and findings their in
the said court defen the prose afens and at the county
afens and fortly and at large appears to, which said
pursuant their in fever and effect not in the least
or made and this he the said defendant is to
severy by the land nend, presuant
of the said plaintiff ought to how or her afens and
thereof against him &c

Geyer & Hudson attys for Deft

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AspisaAspasia alias AspasiaAspasia
vs.
HardageHardage Lane LaneHardage Lane

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court,
No.346July Term 1839

And the said plaintiff as to the said plea of the said defendant by
him first " above pleaded,
and whereof he puts himself upon the country, does the like.

And as to the said plea of the defendant by him secondly above
pleaded, the plaintiff says, that, by reason of any thing by the defendant
in that plea alleged, she the said plaintiff ought not to be barred or pre-
cluded from having and maintaining her aforesaid action thereof against
the said defendant; because she says that she the said defendant
at the time the said trespasses â grievances in the said declaration
mentioned are alleged whose been committed was not
a slave
in manner and form as the defendant has above thereof in his
said second plea alleged; and this the plaintiff prays may be enquired
of by the country, &c.

And as to the said plea of the defendant by him
above pleaded, the plaintiff says that, by reason of any thing in that plea
alleged, she the said plaintiff ought not to be barred or precluded from
having and mainting her aforesaid action thereof against the said defen-
dant; because she says that the trespassers in the said
declaration in this action mentioned are not the same
& grievance as those in the lost plea mentioned for
respect whereof the said supposed Judgment in the said last
plea mentioned was renounced
and this she the said plaintiff prays may be
enquired of by the country, &c.

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No. 346

July Term 1829

AspisaAspasia alias AspasiaAspasia
vs
HardageHardage Lane LaneHardage Lane

Replication

F W Risque
Plffs Atty

Filed April 25th 1840

JnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County â Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon JacobJacob RevdJacobJacob
Fourborn, at Catholic Church, W Timzon
an old man part of city, W Renaud.

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 first February 1841
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 AspasiaAspasia is
plaintiff and Hardage LaneHardage Lane
defendant on the part of Plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 30th day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty one

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Served this writ on J. Fourbon &
W. Timson 1st Feby. 1841 the other
not found

Fee 1.12

M. BrothertonM Brotherton Shff

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AspasiaAspasia
vs
H. Lane
Subp

Wit

Revd JacobJacob Fourborn
at Catholic Church

Old W Timson, lower part
of City

W Renaud

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Lankin Deaner &
Francis CreelyFrancis Creely

that sitting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before he Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of February 1841 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,
where AspasiaAspasia (a woman of color is
plaintiff and Hardage LaneHardage Lane is
defendant on the part of Plaintiffs
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 30th day of Jany in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty one

In RulandRuland

Clerk, C.C.
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Served this writ on the within
witnesses 1st Feby 1841

Fee $1.00

M. BrothertonM Brotherton
shff

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No 27

AspasiaAspasia
vs
Hardage LaneHardage Lane
Subp

Feb. 1st

Wit

Lankin Deaves

Francis CreelyFrancis Creely