Legislative Report on Latimer Petition

March 3, 1843

A very long report, taking a large portion of the paper, concludes with an act to submit to the legislature an Act “Further to Protect Personal Liberty”.  It includes a statement that “No sheriff, deputy-sheriff, coroner, constable, jailor, or other officer of the Commonwealth , shall hereafter arrest or detain, or aid in the arrest or detention, or imprisonment  in any jail or other building of the Commonwealth, or to any county, city, or town thereof, of any person for the reason that he is claimed as a fugitive slave.”   It further indicates that violation of this act shall result in a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars or one year in the county jail for each offence.

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