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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Papers related to the Amistad mutiny
|Brief from the Circuit Court regarding the Amistad case
|Holabird, William S. (1794-1855)
|Referring to Lieutenant Thomas R. Gedney, includes information pertaining to the Amistad case: "Gidney & others v. The Amistad Negroes. Circuit court U.S." Considers four principle points: "shall the vessel, & the blacks, be restored to the Spanish Government from whence they came;" "whether these negroes shall be restored to the Spanish Govt or be sit at liberty here;" "The Spanish Govt claim that the Amistad being a Sp vessel, and not having violated the laws of nations, on the municipal laws of this country... that the Courts of no other nation can hold jurisdiction of them;" and "whether it is the duty of our Govt under the treaty with Spain to surrender this vessel & these people to that Govt." This brief has sustained severe damage from water, mold and insects and has a consequent loss of text at the outer margins. Extremely fragile.
|Amistad African American History Slavery Slave Trade Slave Rebellion Africa Mutiny Maritime Law President Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Prisoner Judiciary Treaty
|Holabird, William S. (1794-1855) Gedney, Thomas R. (d. 1857)
|Law; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Holabird served as U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut 1834-1841.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859