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Collection Reference Number GLC00267.149
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1855 
Title Argument of Wendell Phillips, Esq. before the Committee on Federal Relations, (of the Massachusetts Legislature,) ...
Date 20 February 1855
Author Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884)  
Document Type Pamphlet
Content Description [Title continues] "... in support of the petitions for the removal of Edward Greely Loring from the office of Judge of Probate." Inscribed with the initials W.P. to Albert G. Brown. Calls for the removal of Massachusetts probate Judge Loring because he ordered two fugitive slaves to be forced back into slavery under the federal Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Printed by J.B. Yerrinton & Son, Boston. Albert Gallatin Brown was a Democratic senator from Mississippi.
Subjects Impeachment  Judiciary  African American History  Slavery  Fugitive Slave Act  Runaway Slave  Law  Government and Civics  Abolition  Reform Movement  American Anti-Slavery Society Member  
People Phillips, Wendell (1811-1884)  Loring, Edward G. (Edward Greely) (1802-1890)  Burns, Anthony (1834-1862)  Loring, Edward G. (Edward Greely) (1802-1890)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Government & Politics; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information In 1851 an escaped slave, Thomas Sims, was captured in Boston, and Loring ordered him to return to slavery in the South, sparking outrage from Boston abolitionists. In 1854, Loring ordered another escaped slave, Anthony Burns, to be returned to slavery in Virginia. Following the Burns decision, abolitionists, led by William Lloyd Garrison, agitated for Loring to be removed from his office as probate judge. These attempts were unsuccessful while Governor Henry J. Gardner was in office. In 1858, a new governor was elected, Nathaniel Prentice Banks, and the legislature passed another bill against Loring. Banks complied with the bill and removed him from office.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859