Written by
Baldwin, Roger Sherman, American, 1793 - 1863
Subject of
Pieh, Sengbe, Sierra Leonean, 1814 - 1879
Supreme Court of the United States, American, founded 1789
Published by
Benedict, S. W., American
Date
1841
Medium
ink on wove paper
Dimensions
H x W: 8 11/16 × 5 1/2 in. (22.1 × 14 cm)
Description
A first edition manuscript of Roger Sherman Baldwin’s arguments before United States Supreme Court in the trial United States v. Schooner Amistad, 1841. The Octavo pamphlet-manuscript is constructed of handstitched rag paper, with 32 pages of Roger Sherman Baldwin’s (abolitionist; Governor; Congressman) full defense for the illegally captured Mende Africans by the Spanish schooner, La Amistad. The type on the front of the manuscript reads: [ARGUMENT / OF / ROGER S. BALDWIN, / OF NEW HAVEN, / BEFORE THE / SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, / IN THE CASE OF THE / UNITED STATES, APPELLANTS, / vs. / CINQUE, AND OTHERS, AFRICANS OF THE AMISTAD. The lower third of the manuscript’s front reads: [NEW YORK / S. W. BENEDICT, 128 FULTON STREET. / 1841.]. There is an inscription in graphite in the upper right corner of manuscript’s reverse.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place printed
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Cuba, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Sierra Leone, West Africa, Africa
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Type
books
manuscripts
Topic
Illegal slave trade
International affairs
Law
Resistance
Slavery
Trans Atlantic slave trade
Transportation
U.S. History, 1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2018.46.7
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5072e632c-5256-424e-8b0f-b0937f3b143b
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