1856 · Philadelphia
Passmore Williamson was an antislavery activist in Pennsylvania, who gained notoriety when he aided the slaves belonging to John H. Wheeler, the United States ambassador to Nicaragua, when he brought them into Pennsylvania. Wheeler took legal action, bringing Williamson before a U.S. District Judge, John K. Kane, who happened to be known for his proslavery views. Williamson was sent to jail, after being cited for contempt by Kane when he refused to return Wheeler's slaves to him. This pamphlet contains the most complete record of the legal proceedings in this celebrated case.
HSP/LCP Afro-Americana Catalog 11261, Dumond 116, Blockson Collection Catalog 2557 (Inventory #: 30666)