Habeas Corpus Case Records, United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia 1820-1863

This microfilm publication reproduces habeas corpus case files for the period 1820-63 in the District of Columbia, most of which concern persons alleged to be runaway slaves. The records include writs of habeas corpus (orders to produce a prisoner and show cause for his capture and detention), petitions for writs, return of writs, orders of the court, and other papers filed in habeas corpus proceeding.

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Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1963.

This collection reproduces all the records relating to slavery in the District of Columbia that were
kept by the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia. These records include emancipation papers, 1857-63,
manumission papers, 1851-63, and case papers relating to fugitive slaves, 1851-63. Many of these cases contain only the warrants for arrest; others contain papers relating to proof of ownership.

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Records of the Clerk of the Court, 1746-1932,and of the U.S. Commissioners, 1837-1860, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

On the single roll of this microfilm publication are reproduced records of the clerk of the court, 1746-1932, and records of the U.S. Commissioners of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1837-60, relating to fugitive slaves. They consist of affidavits, petitions, and proofs filed by owners of runaway slaves seeking to reclaim fugitives who were believed to have fled to the southern district of New York.

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