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Maryland slaveholders meet President Lincoln to complain about non-enforcement of Fugitive Slave Act

Abraham Lincoln, Mathew Brady Studio Image, February 9, 1864, detail
05/19/1862
President Lincoln met with Maryland congressmen and a delegation of fifty slaveholders from Prince George's County, Maryland.  Half the population there were slaves and the owners were in Washington to complain about the non-enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act, particularly by the military authorities.  Eight hundred slaves had already escaped from the county. Commenting on a thorny issue, Lincoln expressed his confidence in General James Wadsworth but assured the delegation that he would examine the issue and see justice done.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Our Special Washington Dispatches... ," New York Times, May 20, 1862, p. 1. 

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