Treatment of Calvin Fairbank in Kentucky Prison

” It will be remembered that Calvin Fairbank, for his connection with Miss Webster in the slave escape from Frankfort, was in the State’s prison of Kentucky, and by the paymeht of the price of certain slaves, was pardoned by the Governor….. A few years ago, he was suspected of having some share in the responsibility of aiding a female fugitive, by the name of Tamas, in fleeing across the territory in Indiana to Canada.  Under this suspicion, he was kidnapped by officers of Kentucky, carried across the Ohio river, and in Louisville tried for this crime, convicted, and sentenced for life to the State Prison, where he now is.  This was a crime, if it be one by the laws of any State, committed in Indiana, and by one who had not been in the State of Kentucky since he was an occupant of her prison, and pardoned out only the conditition that he should never come within the jurisdiction of the State again. While manifesting every disposition to keep away, he is kidnapped by legal authority in a neighboring State, tried and convicted of a crime not committed within her borders. He is now dying by inches in the Kentucky prison — treated in a manner that would disgrace the barbarism of any barbarous people. ”     (Liberator, January 26, 1855, pg 4)