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Collection Reference Number GLC08599.07
From Archive Folder Pamphlets related to President Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus 
Title Answer to Mr. Binney's reply to 'remarks' on his treatise on the habeas corpus
Date 1862
Author Wharton, G. M. (George Mifflin) (1808-1870)  
Document Type Pamphlet
Content Description Published by John Campbell. Wharton, a lawyer from Pennsylvania, states "Mr. Binney contends- That it is a lawful and a praiseworthy act, in the present crisis to seize a citizen in a peaceful State, where law and justice are openly and constantly administered and dispensed by the Courts, and without a responsible accuser, without oath or warrant, and without a hearing, by the mere will of the President or one of his subordinates, to hurry him to a distant fortress, and keep him confined there indefinitely, without bail or trial. The advocates of freedom content- That all this is sheer usurpation and tyranny, because a violation of the Constitution of the Union ..." (page 8). Back cover appears to be missing.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  US Constitution  Law  Habeas Corpus  Congress  Civil Rights  Bill of Rights  President    
People Wharton, G. M. (George Mifflin) (1808-1870)  Binney, Horace (1780-1875)  Campbell, John (1810-1874)  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme The American Civil War; Government & Politics; Law; The Presidency
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Horace Binney, an influential American legal figure, served as a United States Representative from Pennsylvania 1833-1835. In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus for all military related cases. Suspension of this writ, which is guaranteed by Article I of the United States Constitution, provoked much controversy. Binney's pamphlet, which supported Lincoln's decision, also ignited fierce debate.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945