Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Resolution by Philadelphia Select Council, February 8,1827
- In Select Council, February 8-1827
Whereas information has been received that in the year 1825 several free persons of colour inhabitants of the city of Philadelphia were forcibly seized within its limits by persons unknown and carried off into slavery; and whereas public Justice and the dignity of this city demand that so signal an outrage on the rights of the inhabitants thereof should not remain unpunished, therefore
Resolved by the Select and Common Councils that the Mayor of the City be authorized to issue his proclamation offering in the name and on behalf of the City a reward of five hundred dollars for the discovery and prosecution to conviction of any person concerned in the forcible abduction of certain free persons of colour from the City of Philadelphia in the year 1825.
Resolved that the further sum of five hundred dollars be placed at the disposal of the Mayor for the purpose of meeting the expenses which may necessarily be incurred in procuring information on the subject of this outrage upon humanity
Common Council concurred in the above.
- Extract from the Minutes
- Thomas Bradford Junr
- Clerk of Select Council