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[Hall, Josiah]:

REPORTS OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE, TO WHOM WAS REFERRED THE REQUISITION OF THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, FOR THE ARREST OF JOSIAH HALL. PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, APRIL 15, 1845.

Harrisburg: 1845 12pp, disbound with some loosening. Light age-toning and foxing, Good+. A perspective on the Constitutional Clause [Article IV, Sec. II] requiring sister States to cooperate in rendition of fugitives. The Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850 were based upon this Clause. New York seeks to extradite Josiah Hall from Pennsylvania to stand trial in Chautauque County, New York, on charges of perjury. The Select Committee concludes that Pennsylvania need not render up Hall merely upon New York's request; rather, it has a duty to its citizens to prevent "easy and gross abuses" of the Constitutional provision; otherwise, Pennsylvania could be a party to "oppression and wrong." In this case, the charge against Hall had already been the subject of judicial proceedings: indeed, he had twice been released from custody on petitions of habeas corpus. The Committee concludes enough is enough: New York's request should be denied. FIRST EDITION. Not in AI, Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Harv. Law Cat., Marke, BEAL.


Book Id: 18289

Price: $175.00

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