Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) The duty of the Free States, or remarks suggested by the case of the Creole

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06835 Author/Creator: Channing, William Ellery (1780-1842) Place Written: Boston Type: Pamphlet Date: 1842 Pagination: 53 p. 18 x 11.6 cm

Summary of Content: In original wrappers. Channing argues in favor of the slaves who had taken over the Creole, a slave ship. Steering towards the British West Indies, they won freedom under British law, even though the U.S. attempted to reclaim them. Blockson Collection 9370, Dumon p. 36.

Background Information: Likely by William Ellery Channing (1817-1901).

People: Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TranscendentalistReligionLawGovernment and CivicsReform MovementMorality and EthicsAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryMutinySlave TradeSlave RebellionGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsCaribbeanMaritime

Sub Era:

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources