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A notable fugitive slave case...



Item # 597134

August 6, 1836

NATIONAL GAZETTE & LITERARY REGISTER, Philadelphia, August 6, 1836 

* Fugitive slaves case

The front page has: "The Slave Case" which begins: "Two female slaves, named Anna Patten & Mary Pickney (passing here by the names of Eliza Small and Polly Ann Bates), the property of Mr. Morris...absconded & a passage was procured for them on board the brig Chickasaw..." with more, taking over half a column. This is a notable case as "CivilWar.com" has a report on them: "In 1826, two fugitive slave women, Eliza Smalls and Polly Ann Bates, were seized by slave catchers while hiding aboard a ship anchored at Boston Harbor. The ship captain confined the fugitives in the ship before returning down south. With agitation from local Black leaders and a handful of White abolitionists, Supreme Court judge Lemuel Shaw ruled that the ship captain had no right to convert the ship into a prison because Massachusetts was a free state. The women were released from captivity and before the ship's owner could arrest them under the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law, a group of local Blacks rescued the fugitives and brought them to safety."
Page 3 has an article: "The Slave Case in Boston". Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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