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Weeden, Henry (fl. 1850) to Watson Freeman

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

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 or that 'would hang 100 Niggers for 25 cents each."

People: Weeden, Henry, fl. 1850.
Freeman, Watson, fl. 1827-1857.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Fugitive Slave Act, Abolition, African American History, Slavery, Law, Runaway Slave, Slave Life

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's