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Lincoln ApostateThe Matson Slave Case$
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Charles R. McKirdy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739855

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.001.0001

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The Initial Hearing

The Initial Hearing

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(p.20) Chapter 2 The Initial Hearing
Source:
Lincoln Apostate
Author(s):

Charles R. McKirdy

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0003

This chapter describes the main individuals involved in the Matson Slave Case, along with the events leading up to, during, and after the initial hearing. After Jane left Robert’s home with her children, they were assisted by physician and abolitionist Hiram Rutherford. Matson came after Jane and her children, trying persuasion, threats, and intimidation before eventually turning to the law. The case attracted wide attention and excitement, then, so the standard story goes, Lincoln arrived on the scene, was convinced to assist in representing Matson, and, as a consequence, had to turn down Rutherford when the doctor subsequently asked Lincoln to defend him against Matson’s claim for damages.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Matson Slave Case, Jane Bryant, slaves, Robert Matson, Hiram Rutherford

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