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April 24, 1841

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, April 24, 1841 

The Amistad
John Quincy Adams signed letter

Page 4  has over a full column taken up with: "The Amistad" which includes a lengthy letter signed in type: John Quincy Adams, the attorney for the Amistad slaves. It begins: "I cordially sympathize with you in rejoicing at the decision of the supreme court of the U.S. that the Africans captured within the maritime jurisdiction of the U.S....are free and not slaves..." with much more.
This famous slave ship and the revolt of its occupants was not only a notable legal case at the time, but in 1997 was made into feature length movie by Stephen Spielberg.
Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War