COMMENTING ON TWO CASES INVOLVING SLAVES, in an autograph letter, signed 3 November 1837 from Bridgeton, New Jersey, to an unnamed correspondent (but clearly someone on the bench who had been "elevated").

4to. (2) pp. Folded for mailing, but very good. Item #37601

Elmer, who served 14 years as associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court (see DAB), here briefly outlines a case involving a runaway slave: "The murder of Chaney took place some twelve years ago and made some noise in the newspapers here from the circumstance of its happening about the time an unsuccessful attempt was made to arrest a fugitive slave in which matter our editors sided against the blacks. The representation then was altogether in Muses favor as having surely defended himself against an attempt to punish him as an informer. I believe however that the representation was incorrect and that the idictment was finally presented in consequence of some friends of the blacks on the Grand Jury in June last having presented the case and sent for witnesses. Muse is said to be a very bad fellow, but I do not suppose that the case demands any very special efforts to arrest him."

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