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Eight Ottawa, Illinois residents indicted under the Fugitive Slave Law for assisting a slave escape

Ottawa, Illinois, 1859, central area
01/04/1860
Abolitionist John Hossack and  seven other residents of Ottawa, Illinois were indicted under the Fugitive Slave Law for earlier assisting the escape of Missouri fugitive Jim Gray  on October 29, 1859.  They were remanded District Court in Chicago and in a five-day trial that began on February 29, 1860, three of the defendants were convicted.  Hossack received 10 days and a $100 fine, plus court costs and the others received similar sentences.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Samuel May, The Fugitive Slave Law and Its Victims (New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1861), n130-n131. 

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