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SPEECH OF MR. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, ON THE CASE OF ALEXANDER McLEOD. DELIVERED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SEPTEMBER 4....
Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1841. 12,8pp. Dbd. Foremargin trimmed a bit close, barely shaving a few words on three leaves. Item #WRCAM22807
Adams adds his opinion to a complicated and celebrated case of international law which resulted from the Canadian Rebellion of 1837. According to McDade, "In 1837 an attempted insurrection in Canada was put down, and the group fled to an American island in the Niagara River. A small steamer, the Caroline, brought provisions to them, and the British sent a force out to destroy it, which they did, killing Amos Durfee in the effort. The incident led to a controversy between the United States and England. McLeod, while in Buffalo, boasted of being Durfee's killer. He was arrested and charged by New York State with the murder. The United States government tried to prevent the trial, and failing, the United States Attorney successfully defended McLeod, who probably had no part in the event." The case touched on delicate points of international law, as well as the great friction caused by the Rebellion of 1837. Also printed herein is Adams's 28 December 1840 speech in relation to the Navy Pension Fund. Not in Lande or Lande Supplement. TPL 7617. McDADE 660 (ref. to other work on McLeod Case).