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Collection Reference Number GLC09028.02
From Archive Folder Collection of documents relating to U.S. Marshal, Watson Freeman 
Title Albert Smith to Franklin Pierce discussing the possibility of appointing Watson Freeman as U.S. Marshall
Date 3 December 1852
Author Smith, Albert (fl. 1852)  
Recipient Pierce, Franklin  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Smith writes to Pierce, the newly elected President of the United States, seeking Watson Freeman's appointment as U.S. Marshal. He lists Freeman's qualifications stating, "Mr. F has been, since he was first permitted to vote - for thirty-five years an active-hard working and unwavering democrat - never in a solitary instance having swerved from his fidelity ... and hence the opposition to him of abolitionists - free soilers, & coalitionists." Also describes Freeman's conduct in a recent case where slave owners were arrested for trying to reclaim their slaves. Mentions that Freeman posted their bail and "aided them to escape from the fury of the mob." Lists the accomplishments of Freeman's ancestors. Ends by stating that Freeman has never before asked favors of the administration. Marked as a true copy by Ben Freeman.
Subjects Fugitive Slave Act  Abolition  African American History  Law  Slavery  Runaway Slave  President  
People Smith, Albert (fl. 1852)  Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)  Freeman, Watson (fl. 1827-1857)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; The Presidency; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Freeman was the U.S. Marshal of Massachusetts charged with enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859