No More Slave Hunts in the Bay State

June 18,  1858

A brief note about a petition addressed to Massachusetts House and Senate.  “Let everyone have a chance to sign it; and let there be a noble rivalry to see which shall be ‘The Banner Town’ in regard to the number of signatures procured.”   The petition asks that it be enacted “that no person,  who has been held as a slave, shall be delivered up, by any officer or court, State or Federal, within this Commonwealth, to anyone claiming on the ground that he owes ‘service or labour’ to such claimant, by the laws of one of the Slave States of this Union.”