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Inquiring on the illegal smuggling of slaves into the United States...

Item # 683275

January 22, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 22, 1820 

* African slave trade - slaves
* United States Navy inquiry
* John C. Calhoun

Inside has nearly two pages taken up- with: "The Slave Question" as it relates to the on-going discussion of the situation with Missouri joining the Union.
Also within: "Civilization of the Indians" which includes two letters signed in type by J. C. Calhoun as Secretary of War. Additionally, in the Supplement there are nearly 3 pages headed: "Illegal Introduction of Slaves" being a letter from the Secretary of the Navy to the Speaker of the House responding to a request of the Navy's knowledge of slaves being smuggled into the country. It was on January 1, 1808 when the importation of slaves become illegal.
This includes several letters with some detail, bits including: "...that attempts will be made to smuggle slaves into Louisiana from Galvezton...they will attempt the Sabine or the Atchafalya Rivers..." and: "...and that the part which may consist of slaves will be smuggled into Georgia as many of the inhabitants are too much included to afford every facility to this species of illicit trade." and more.
Complete in 24 pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, typical foxing, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War