2021-02 Raynors HCA Live
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CASS, Lewis (1782-1866) was an American military officer, politician, and statesman. He represented Michigan in the United States Senate and served in the Cabinets of two U.S. Presidents, Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan. He was also the 1848 Democratic presidential nominee and a leading spokesman for the Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, which held that the people in each territory should decide whether to permit slavery. Letter Signed "Lew Cass" 2-1/2pp. folio, March 31, 1860, Department of State, addressed to Hamilton Couper, U.S. District Attorney, Savannah, Georgia, and reads in part: "...I have received from Lord Lyons the British Minister here a communication respecting the case of William Brodie...From present appearances a great wrong has been done by the sale of Brodie and his deportation to an unknown place. The authors of the wrong as I understand from your last letter are likely to be dealt with under the laws of Georgia as they deserved; but in the meantime the unfortunate victim ought to be restored to his rights..." Fine condition. It appears that on the 27th of July, 1858, (or about that date) William Brodie, who was at the time a seaman belonging to the American bark "Overman" of New York, James Stirling, Master, was arraigned in the Mayor's Court at Darien in Georgia, on a charge of attempting to entice a slave to run away; that he was convicted (in opposition, it is stated, to the evidence) and that he was sentenced to pay a fine of five hundred dollars or be sold into slavery. Being of course unable to pay the fine, he was, it seems, put up for sale and purchased by a man named Striplan, of Tatnall County, Georgia.
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Secretary of State Lewis Cass Writes of a Legal Case Involving William Brodie, a Free Man of Color, Sold into Slavery

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