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Weeden, Henry (fl. 1850) to Watson Freeman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09028.01 Author/Creator: Weeden, Henry (fl. 1850) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1850 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 24.5 x 19.3 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09028.01 Author/Creator: Weeden, Henry (fl. 1850) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1850 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 24.5 x 19.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Weeden, a tailor with a shop at 10 Franklin Avenue in Boston, declines to repair Watson's coat by saying "With me Principle first - Money afterwards. Though a poor man I crave the patronage of no Being that would volunteer his services to arrest a Fugitive Slave...."

Background Information: Freeman was the U.S. Marshal of Massachusetts charged with enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.

Full Transcript: Boston Dec 4. 1850
Mr Watson Freeman
Sir
Your Coat came to me this morning for repairs. I take this method of returning it. without complying with Your request. With me Principle ...first. Money afterwards.

Though a poor man I crave the patronage of no Being that would volunteer his services to arrest a Fugitive Slave or that would hang 100 Niggers for 25 cents each -

Henry Weeden
10 Franklin Avenue
[address leaf]
Watson Freeman
Court Square
Boston
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People: Weeden, Henry, fl. 1850
Freeman, Watson, fl. 1827-1857

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Fugitive Slave ActAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryLawRunaway SlaveEnslaved people

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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