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Holabird, William S. (1794-1855) [Brief from the Circuit Court regarding the Amistad case]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05636.02 Author/Creator: Holabird, William S. (1794-1855) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: April-June 1840 Pagination: 17 p. ; 33.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Referring to Lieutenant Thomas R. Gedney, includes information pertaining to the Amistad case: "Gidney & others v. The Amistad Negroes. Circuit court U.S." Considers four principle points: "shall the vessel, & the blacks, be restored to the Spanish Government from whence they came;" "whether these negroes shall be restored to the Spanish Govt or be sit at liberty here;" "The Spanish Govt claim that the Amistad being a Sp vessel, and not having violated the laws of nations, on the municipal laws of this country... that the Courts of no other nation can hold jurisdiction of them;" and "whether it is the duty of our Govt under the treaty with Spain to surrender this vessel & these people to that Govt." This brief has sustained severe damage from water, mold and insects and has a consequent loss of text at the outer margins. Extremely fragile.

Background Information: Holabird served as U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut 1834-1841.

People: Holabird, William S., 1794-1855
Gedney, Thomas R., d. 1857

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: AmistadAfrican American HistorySlaverySlave TradeSlave RebellionAfricaMutinyMaritimeLawPresidentGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsPrisonerJudiciaryTreaty

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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