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Collection Reference Number GLC02807
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1859 
Title Charge Of Mr. Justice Wayne of the Supreme Court of the United States, given on the fourteenth day of November, 1859, to the grand jury of the sixth circuit court of the United States, for the southern district of Georgia
Date 14 November 1859
Author Wayne, James Moore (1790-1867)  
Document Type Pamphlet
Content Description Title continues: "...Given On The Fourteenth Day Of November, 1859, To The Grand Jury Of The Sixth Circuit Court." A copy of Wayne's statements charging the members of a Grand Jury in the Sixth Circuit Court in the Southern District of Georgia. Wayne does not specify what the cases before the Grand Jury will be, but says they may relate to slavery. The Grand Jury requested printed copies of Wayne's statements to review them in reference to the case before them. Also details the various laws of Congress related to the slave trade and its criminality. Printed by E. J. Purse.
Subjects African American History  Law  Judiciary  Supreme Court  Slave Trade  Slavery  Congress  Government and Civics  
People Wayne, James Moore (1790-1867)  
Place written Savannah, Georgia
Theme African Americans; Law; Slavery & Abolition; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information James M. Wayne was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Wayne, a native of Savannah, was long active in Georgia law and politics, and was appointed to the Supreme Court by Andrew Jackson in 1835. A southern unionist like Jackson, he would take the side of the Union in the Civil War and remain on the Supreme Court until he died in 1867. In 1859, he laid out for this Georgia jury the case against the slave trade in the strongest terms, reminding the jury that they must "show [them]selves true and faithful to the constitution and laws of [their] country."
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859