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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 Trial

The Trial

Chapter:
(p.74) Chapter 6 The Trial
Source:
Lincoln Apostate
Author(s):

Charles R. McKirdy

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739855.003.0007

This chapter discusses the Matson trial in 1847. The court ruled that Jane Bryant and her four children “be discharged from the custody...of...David R. Hutchason or of Robert Matson and all persons claiming them by[,] through or under him as slaves, and they be and remain free and discharged from all servitude whatsoever to any person or persons from hence forward and forever. The court also required Matson to pay all costs due and owing by reason of the arrest of said negroes including the costs of this application [for habeas corpus], and that executions issue from this court therefore...”. Postmortems of the lawyers’ performances in the case still go on today. Lincoln’s approach and presentation have received the most scrutiny, but the actions of all of the lawyers have been analyzed.

Keywords:   Matson trial, Abraham Lincoln, slaves, slavery, Illinois, court ruling, Robert Matson, lawyers

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