Arrest of Thomas Sims

April 11, 1851

An account of Sim’s arrest, dated, April 4.  He was arrested in Cooper Street; he gave “stout resistance”, was “at last overcome by a large posse of Watchmen (!), who were in readiness near by, and he was incarcerated in the Court-House about 9 o’clock…..About half-past 10 o’clock, as U. S. Deputy Marshal was passing through Court Square, he was accosted by Samuel E. Sewall, Esq., Rev. Theodore Parker, Elizur Wright, and two others. Mr. Sewall addressed Mr. Riley, and demanded “to be informed whether the alleged fugitive was to be examined last night.”  The article indicates that Sims had come to Boston about March 7th,  and had been stopping at a boarding house on Ann street.  He is 23 and has a wife and children in Savannah.

Saturday, April 5, a notice says:  “The Court House is still surrounded with chains, as it was yesterday … the gathering of people around the Court House has been large all morning.

Mass Meeting on the Common  — a public meeting held on the Common, on Saturday,
in which Wendell Phillips indicates that Faneuil Hall has been denied them, and the “State House yard behind us” has also been refused as a place to meet.  …on motion to adjourn, that gathering then assembled at Tremont Temple.