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Forsyth, John (1780-1841) to William S. Holabird

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05636.21 Author/Creator: Forsyth, John (1780-1841) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 25 March 1840 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05636.21 Author/Creator: Forsyth, John (1780-1841) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 25 March 1840 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Encloses a letter from the Spanish minister at Washington, D.C., a translation of the letter, and the printed copy of a treaty (not included) from 1835 between Great Britain and Spain intended to enforce restriction of the slave trade. Intends for Holabird to use the documents at the upcoming Circuit Court Amistad trial. Instructs Holabird to return the treaty to the State Department on the request of the Spanish minister.

Background Information: Forsyth was Secretary of State 1834-1841. Holabird was District Attorney for the State of Connecticut during the Amistad trial.

People: Forsyth, John, 1780-1841
Holabird, William S., 1794-1855

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: AmistadAfrican American HistorySlaverySlave TradeSlave RebellionAfricaMutinyMaritimeLawPresidentGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsPrisonerJudiciaryTreatyDiplomacy

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