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Document Type

Trial Proceeding

Publication Date

8-2-1748

Article Footnote

Article 1, footnote 46

Book Footnote

Chapter 2, footnote 11

Abstract

In New Hampshire, as elsewhere, suits by alleged slaves claiming freedom were common, and they could be brought in many legal forms. One possibility was to petition for a writ of habeas corpus and thereby commence ordinary proceedings under that writ. That is what Peter Johnson of Portsmouth, New Hampshire did in the summer of 1748 in claiming that he had been wrongfully “imprisoned for refusing to serve as a slave

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