Suspected Slave Traders, …suspicion about

September 20, 1844

“An examination has been made of the cargoes of the schooners Manchester and Devereus, of and from Baltimore, which were seized last week by order of the Collector of Boston, on suspicion of their being fitted out for the slave trade; but nothing has been discovered to sustain the accusation…. It is admitted that their destination was the Coast of Africa, but the captains declare that they only contemplated engaging in lawful commercial business.  It is not a very difficult matter for slavers to fit out at any port in the United State.”