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Sorting out the case of the Amistad slaves: the trial begins & Judge Thompson decides...



Item # 657063

September 25, 1839

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Sept. 25, 1839 

* Verdict of the Amistad Slave Ship Case

The front page has two reports concerning the latest ruling on the Amistad slave case.
Most of a page 3 column is headed: "Further Particulars In The Case of The Amistad". The article provides the latest information from Hartford concerning the Amistad slaves as the court trial was to begin that day (Sept. 19), mentioning seven libels and claims. The second claim includes: "The counter-claim of Pedro Montez to the 3 girls and the boy Antonio as his slaves, legally purchased by him at Havana, & whom he prays to have restored to him...".
The article continues with much detail on the claims, and is followed by another report from Hartford reporting on the first day of the trial, including in part: "...setting out at length the Spanish decrees suppressing the slave trade, and alleging these Africans to have been born & still or right to be free...".
This is followed by a "Postscript" note which reports: "...that Judge Thompson decided that the transaction was to us the same as if taking place in Havana. Consequently, the Grand Jury found no bill against the prisoners."
Additionally, page 2 has a lengthy article: "The Daguerreotype" with much detail on: "The secret of M. Daguerre's wonderful invention, or discovery, by which he is enabled to transfer an exact transcript of rural scenery, buildings, etc. to paper..." as the article begins.
Four pages, a few small stains, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War