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Fugitive slave Thomas Sims arrested....



Item # 590188

April 4, 1851

THE NEW YORK HERALD, April 4, 1851 (Morning Edition) 

* Thomas Sims arrested
* Fugitive slave law


The front page has a report headed: "Another Fugitive Slave Arrested in Boston - No Excitement As Yet". This is a very early account of the famous fugitive slave Thomas Sims who escaped from slavery in Georgia at age 17 and lived for a time in Boston. He was arrested in Boston on April 3 under the controversial Fugitive Slave Law, enacted just the year prior, and his return garnered considerable attention by the national press and sympathy among northern abolitionists. See the hyperlink for more on the Thomas Sims case.
This report has two dispatches noting the latest information, portions including: "...The negro belongs to Savannah, Georgia, and is named Alfred Symmes (sic)...arrest was first effected by policeman Asa Butman...Mr. Butman was badly stabbed with a knife in the groin, by the fugitive, who yelled loudly for help...The negro resisted again at the door but was soon overcome..." with more (see photos).
Also on the front page is a small article "Fred. Douglass and Geo. Thompson, In Canada" in which they were lecturing on slavery. Douglass was denouncing the African Colonization scheme of returning slaves to Africa (see photos).
Complete in 4 pages, slightly irregular at the spine, very lite damp stain, otherwise in good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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