The Fugitive Slave

August 9, 1850

From the Portsmouth, N.H. Journal, August 3, is the story of a slave named Adam, who was on board a ship from Pensacola.  He had hidden himself for three days until the vessel was far out to sea.  His attempt to leave the boat while docked in Portsmouth failed, and Adam was detained by the Captain.  Friends of Adam “served out a process against the captain for a false imprisonment.  When the process was served upon the captain, he, having consulted counsel and finding that he could not lawfully hold the negro, permitted him to leave the vessel.”….”Adam is said to be about twenty-one years of age – a blacksmith by trade….he leaves a mother and sisters behind him in bondage.”