Boston. 1854. 86pp. plus pp. of advertisements. Early 20-century buckram, leather label. Cloth somewhat dust soiled, spine label slightly chipped. Remnants of paper shelf label on spine, institutional ink stamp on titlepage. An occasional fox mark. Lacking original pictorial wrappers. Good. Item #WRCAM52901
Burns was an educated African American who fled from slavery in Virginia to Boston in 1854, where he was arrested for theft. "The excitement in Boston during the following week was said to have been without parallel since the days of the Revolution" - DAB. The court house was attacked and one deputy marshal was killed. Military forces were called in by President Pierce and the Mayor of Boston to prevent another attack. Burns was unsuccessfully defended by Richard Henry Dana (whose argument occupies more than nine pages of this work), among others, and Burns was sent back to Virginia amid staunch protest from the public. This pamphlet covers all aspects of the fugitive's plight and the proceedings of his trial. SABIN 6505. BAL 4442. DAB III, p.308.