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Collection Reference Number GLC05636.02
From Archive Folder Papers related to the Amistad mutiny 
Title Brief from the Circuit Court regarding the Amistad case
Date April-June 1840
Author Holabird, William S. (1794-1855)  
Document Type Legal document
Content Description 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.
Subjects Amistad  African American History  Slavery  Slave Trade  Slave Rebellion  Africa  Mutiny  Maritime  Law  President  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Prisoner  Judiciary  Treaty  
People Holabird, William S. (1794-1855)  Gedney, Thomas R. (d. 1857)  
Theme Law; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
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