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    John Quincy Adams in the Amistad Affair

    John Quincy Adams. Argument of John Quincy Adams, Before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Case of the United States, Appellants, vs. Cinque, and Others, Africans, Captured in the Schooner Amistad, by Lieut. Gedney, Delivered on the 24th of February and 1st of March, 1841. With a Review of the Case of the Antelope... New York: S. W. Benedict, 1841.

    Octavo. 135 pages. Removed.

    Light foxing to title page. Contents sound. A very good copy.

    Adams regarded his appearance in the Amistad case as his "final duty" before the Supreme Court and had been, he noted in his diary, "deeply distressed and agitated" till the moment he rose to address the court: "and then my spirit did not sink within me. With grateful heart for aid from above, though in humiliation for the weakness incident to the limits of my powers, I spoke for four hours and a half...til half-past three o'clock, when the Chief Justice said the court would hear me further tomorrow." Adam's argument carried the day and the court set the Amistad captives free.

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