Letter from Samuel H. Peckham to Lewis Tappan, S. S. Jocelyn, and Joshua Leavitt
A donation letter from Samuel H. Peckham on behalf of the Anti-Slavery Society of Royalston, Massachusetts, which includes a resolution passed by the Society pledging support for the Amistad Captives. Peckman states that he has followed the case of the Captives along with the course of the committee charged with their defense and feels that the committee "should be encouraged & cheered onward in their heaven approving labours of love to deliver these cruelly & wickedly oppressed people, from the illegal grasp of our government, and thus save them from Spanish scaffold." He asks a series of rhetorical questions addressing the unjust and illegal situation of the Amistad Captives, e.g.: "Had these men been white, had they performed the same act upon a piratical vessel or the avowed ship of the country's enemy...would not their basic deed have been trumpeted through the land? Has the spirit of 76 fled our country? Have the sons of the revolutionary patriots become this recreant to the principles of liberty & of moral right? Can those who fought and bled to deliver themselves & their country from British oppression condemn...or deliver over to the blood hounds of Cuba...these noble men...?" Peckham states that no matter the outcome of the case, the committee will be recognized as having "awoken a sympathy in the public mind in their behalf" and recorded "at the barr of the final Judge." He further states that he cannot "find a line, nor a word in [the Bible], nor can I discover an attitude in the character of the Judge" that leads him to doubt the success of the case.