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Fugitive slave Thomas Sims...



Item # 616489

April 10, 1851

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, DC, April 10, 1851 

* Thomas Sims - Negro
* Fugitive slave case


Page 3 has three reports headed: "The Fugitive Slave Case", "The Fugitive Case" and "The Sims Case in the Legislature". This is reporting on 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.
Portions of these reports include: "...On Friday...the Garrisonian Abolitionists held a meeting of those opposed to the enforcement of the Fugitive Law...and inflammatory & exciting appeals to the small numbers assembled were made by Wendell Phillips..." and: "Quite  an exciting debate took place...of the petition of Thomas Sims, now in confinement, charged with being a fugitive slave...on the question of his freedom..." and more. See the photos for the full reports.
Four pages, very nice condition. Nice to have these accounts in a newspaper from the nation's capital where the controversial Fugitive Slave Law, which fueled this excitement, was created just the year prior.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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