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TWENTY-EIGHTH THOUSAND
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

NARRATIVE
OF
SOLOMON NORTHRUP,
A CITIZEN OF NEW YORK,
KIDNAPPED IN WASHINGTON CITY IN 1841,
AND RESCUED IN 1853,
FROM A COTTON PLANTATION NEAR THE RED-RIVER
IN LOUISIANA

NEW YORK:
MILLER, ORTON & MULLIGAN,
25 PARK ROW, OPPOSITE ASTOR HOUSE,
AUBURN:
107 GENESEE STREET
1855

APPENDIX - Page 323
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A. - Page 291.

CHAP. 375
An act more effectually to protect the free citizens of this State from being kidnapped, or reduced to Slavery.

[Passed May 14, 1840]

     The People of the State of New-York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

     1. Whenever the Governor of this State shall receive information satisfactory to him that any free citizen or any inhabitant of this State has been kidnapped or transported away out of this State, into any other State or Territory of the United States, for the purpose of being there held in slavery; or that such free citizen or inhabitant is wrongfully seized, imprisoned or held in slavery in any of the States or Territories of the United States, on the allegation or pretence that such a person is a slave or by color of any usage or rule of law provid in in such State or Territory, is deemed or taken to be a slave, or not-entitled of right to the personal liberty belonging to a citizen; it shall be the duty of the said Governor to

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take such measures as he shall deem necessary to procure such person to be restored to his liberty and returned to this State.   The Governor is hereby authorized to appoint and employ such agent or agents as he shall deem necessary to effect the restoration and return of such person; and shall furnish the said agent ...............

     2.  Such agent shall proceed to collect the proper proof to establish the right of such person to his freedom, and shall perform such journeys, take such measures, institute and procure to be prosecuted such legal proceedings, under the direction of the Governor, as shall be necessary to procure such person to be restored to his liberty and returned to this State.

     3.  The accounts for all services and expenses incurred in carrying this act into effect shall be audited by the Comptroller, and paid by the Treasurer on his warrant, out of any moneys in the treasury of this State not otherwise appropriated.  The Treasurer may advance on the warrant of the Comptroller, to such agent, such sum or sums as the Governor shall certify to be reasonable advances to enable him to accomplish the purposes of his appointment, for which advance such agent shall account, on the final audit of his warrant.

     4.  This act shall take effect immediately.

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