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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 29

5. Massachusetts, House, Remonstrance, House no. 121 (N.p., [1861]). (36 p.)

Petition objecting to repeal the state’s Personal Liberty Law of 1855, which provided safeguards from abuses of the Fugitive Slave Law. Pressure to repeal the law originated among persons seeking to appease slave-states following the election of Abraham Lincoln. The authors of the petition argue that “’the fugitive slave bill,’ so called, is unconstitutional and void.”