Alexandria, VA Gazette (Genealogy Bank)
- 1853-02-11 “Fugitive Slave Case in Pa.”
Alton, IL Telegraph (Newspapers.com)
- 1853-01-21 “The Fugitive Slave Case”
Alton, IL Weekly Courier (Newspapers.com)
- 1853-01-18 “Fugitive Slave Case!”
Baltimore Sun (Newspapers.com)
Boston Liberator (Newspapers.com)
- 1853-08-05 “Seizure of Another Victim”
- 1853-10-21 “Another Fugitive Slave Case”
- 1855-02-23 “Resignation of a U.S. Commissioner”
Burlington, IA Hawk-Eye (Genealogy Bank)
Chicago Democrat (Cornell University)
Chicago Evening Journal (University of Memphis)
- 1860-11-13 “Great Fugitive Slave Excitement”
Chicago Free West (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)
- 1854-12-14 “Slave Hunt in Chicago”
Chicago Tribune (Genealogy Bank)
Chicago Tribune (Newspapers.com)
Chicago Western Citizen (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)
- 1851-06-10 “Slave Hunt in Chicago!”
Cleveland Herald (Genealogy Bank)
- 1855-03-21 “Fugitive Slave Case”
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Genealogy Bank)
- 1853-10-24 “The Fugitive Slave Case–Escape of Lewis–Great Excitement”
Concord, NH Independent Democrat (Genealogy Bank)
Edwardsville, IL Intelligencer (Newspapers.com)
- 1897-03-16 “Touching Tributes”
Harrisburg, PA Pennsylvania Telegraph (State Library of Pennsylvania)
- 1851-10-15 “Fugitive Slave Case–Commissioner McAllister’s Administration of Law”
- 1859-04-04 “The Fugitive Slave Case”
Honesdale, PA Wayne County Herald (Newspapers.com)
- 1850-12-26 “Fugitive Slave Case”
Huntsville, AL Democrat (Newspapers.com)
- 1853-06-16 “The Fugitive Slave Law-Novel and Important Case”
New Lisbon, OH Anti-Slavery Bugle (Genealogy Bank)
- 1853-07-16 “The Case of John Freeman”
New Orleans Crescent (Newspapers.com)
- 1850-11-16 Appointment of U.S. Commissioner James L. Jones
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Newspapers.com)
- 1855-02-18 Resignation of U.S. Commissioner George W. Meeker
New York Herald (Newspapers.com and Genealogy Bank)
- 1850-12-28 “Alleged Fugitive Slave”
- 1854-06-19 “Arrest and Examination of Eight Fugitives”
- 1854-12-09 “Slave Excitement at Chicago”
New York National Anti-Slavery Standard (Accessible Archives)
- 1850-10-03 “The First Blood”
New York Observer (Genealogy Bank)
- 1854-07-06 “The Law Maintained”
New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
New York Tribune (Newspapers.com and Genealogy Bank)
- 1852-04-02 “Court Proceedings”
- 1852-04-05 “The Late Slave Case”
- 1852-04-06 “The Fugitive Slave Case”
- 1854-04-20 “Another Slave Catching Outrage!!”
- 1856-02-29 “Commissioner Pendery”
Palmyra, MO Weekly Whig (Newspapers.com)
- 1851-06-19 “The Fugitive Slave Case at Chicago”
Pennsylvania Freeman (Genealogy Bank)
- 1851-07-03 “Fugitive Slave Case”
- 1851-07-24 “Fugitive Slave Case”
- 1851-10-02 “An Aged Woman Sent into Slavery”
- 1853-02-03 “The Case of Richard Neal”
- 1853-02-03 Charles Wesley Case
- 1853-06-09 “Another Fugitive Case”
- 1853-08-04 “The Late Slave Case”
Philadelphia Inquirer (Genealogy Bank)
- 1853-01-24 “U.S. Commissioners’ Office”
Philadelphia Daily Pennsylvanian (Genealogy Bank)
Philadelphia North American (Genealogy Bank)
- 1852-11-08 “Fugitive Slave Case”
Philadelphia Press (Genealogy Bank)
- 1859-04-07 “The Fugitive Slave Case”
Pittsburgh, PA Daily Post (Newspapers.com)
- 1850-11-21 Commissioner Jacob Bowman Sweizer Appointment
Pittsburgh, PA Saturday Morning Visiter (Penn State University)
Portsmouth, VA Daily Pilot (Library of Virginia)
- 1850-10-15 “The Fugitive Slave Bill and Commissioner Gardiner”
Raleigh, NC Weekly Register (Newspapers.com)
- 1851-02-12 “Died.”
Richmond, VA Daily Dispatch (Genealogy Bank)
- 1854-09-27 “Fugitive Slave Arrested”
Sandusky, OH Commercial Register (Genealogy Bank)
- 1856-02-28 “The Cincinnati Fugitive Slave Case”
Springfield, IL Daily Illinois Journal (Genealogy Bank)
- 1857-08-01 “Fugitive Slave Case”
- 1857-08-03 “Fugitive Slave Case: Decision of the Commissioner”
- 1860-02-13 “Rendition of a Fugitive Slave”
Springfield, IL Daily Illinois Register (Genealogy Bank)
- 1857-08-03 “Fugitive Slaves”
St. Louis, MO Republican (State Historical Society of Missouri)
- 1854-12-11 “What is to be Done Now!”
Washington, D.C. National Era (Newspapers.com)
- 1854-06-29 “Fugitive Law”
Washington, D.C. National Intelligencer (Newspapers.com)
- 1850-11-30 “Laying Down the Law”
Washington, D.C. National Republican (Newspapers.com)
Clinton Special Collections, Tutt Library, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
- U.S. Commissioner John Ludlow Pendery Typed Autobiographical Statement
Historical Society of Dauphin County, Harrisburg, PA
- Simon Cameron Papers (correspondence with U.S. Commissioner Richard McAllister)
Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD
- Governors Papers (correspondence with U.S. Commissioner Richard McAllister)
Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO
- Governors Papers (correspondence with U.S. Commissioner Edward Ingraham)
National Archives and Records Administration, Philadelphia, PA:
- Record Group 21
- Habeas Corpus Case Files, 1848-1862
- 1851-01-22 Warrant of Arrest, Stephen Bennett
- Habeas Corpus Case Files, 1848-1862
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.:
- Record Group 217, Settled Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT:
- John White Geary Papers, MSS 212
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Richardson, Jean. “Buffalo’s Antebellum African American Community and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 27, no. 2 (July 2003): 29-46.
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Robinson, Marcia C. “The Tragedy of Edward ‘Ned’ Davis: Entrepreneurial Fraud in Maryland in the Wake of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 140, no. 2 (2016): 167-182.
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