Summons in False Imprisonment
State of Missouri ) Circuit Court of St. Louis
St. Louis County To ) County. AprilNovember Term 1846

Dred Scott, a man of color, complains of Irene Emerson of a plea for that the said defendant on the fourth day of April in the year eighteen hundred and forty six, with force and arms etc., made an assault upon the said plaintiff, to wit at St. Louis in the County aforesaid, and then and there beat, bruised and ill treated him, the said plaintiff and then and there imprisoned him the said plaintiff, and kept and detained him in prison there, without any reasonable or probably cause whatsoever, for a long time to wit, for the space of twelve hours, there next following, contrary to the laws of the said state, and the will of said plaintiff: And the said plaintiff avers, that before and at the time of the committing of the said grievances, he was and still is a free person and that the said defendant held and still holds him in slavery: To the plaintiffs damage ten dollars and therefore he brings suit etc.

F. B. Murdoch

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