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Collection Reference Number GLC05636.04
From Archive Folder Papers related to the Amistad mutiny 
Title Andrew T. Judson to William S. Holabird suggesting a previous case that might offer precedent for the Amistad one
Date 10 November 1839
Author Judson, Andrew T. (Andrew Thompson) (1784-1853)  
Recipient Holabird, William S.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Judson, who presided over the district (and circuit) court proceedings of the Amistad, informs Holabird that he has not yet heard from President Martin Van Buren or Secretary of State John Forsyth regarding the case. Suggests Holabird review a similar case, "10th Wheaten 133. The Plattsburgh." Writes "That is a Late case, long since the Spanish Decree of 1817, and yet it turns wholly on the question of fitting out in the U. S. or Cuba. If in the U. S. she was rightfully condemned but if in Spain a restoration is the admitted course. Such seems to me to be the argument in that case..."
Subjects Amistad  African American History  Slavery  Slave Trade  Slave Rebellion  Africa  Mutiny  Maritime  Law  President  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Prisoner  Judiciary  Latin and South America  Caribbean  
People Judson, Andrew Thompson (1784-1853)  Holabird, William S. (1794-1855)  Forsyth, John (1780-1841)  Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862)  
Place written Canterbury, Connecticut
Theme Law; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Holabird served as U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut 1834-1841.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859