Now that slavery is abolished, and Maryland free, it seems little less than cruelty to keep these men in bonds. Will you ascertain how many there actually are serving under the above head, what are their names, and if any one there has remembered them, and taken any step towards securing their release?
Is there any thing that any one here can do for them?
By giving your attention to this matter, and advising me of the result, you will much oblige your friend.
To which, on the 25th of November, Mr. Snethen
All persons confined in the Maryland Penitentiary for offences against the late slave code have been released, except seven of the sixteen whom the abolition of slavery found incarcerated.
These seven are charged with other crimes, but the Governor (Bradford) is doing all he can to get them out. We do not see how outside influence can hasten this deliverance.
On the 26th of November (Sunday evening), the Governor
wrote the following letter to his dear friend and pastor, Rev. James Freeman Clarke