Peters's U.S. Supreme Court Reports [Supreme Court, United States]. Peters, Richard [1779-1848], Reporter. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Published by Jacob R. Halstead, 1851. Sixteen volumes. Complete (official) set. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Uniformly bound in later tan buckram, red and black lettering pieces to spines. Light shelfwear, moderate soiling, light toning to interiors, negligible light foxing and faint dampstaining in a few places. A well-preserved set. $950. * Later printing of these volumes, which were first issued from 1829 to 1842. Volume 16 contains the landmark decision of Prigg v. Pennsylvania. This great case, the precursor to Dred Scott, was an important milestone in fugitive slave law. Prigg, a professional slave catcher from Maryland, was indicted for kidnapping Margaret Morgan, a black woman, in York County, Pa., in order to sell her as a slave. In this case, Justice Story, writing for the Court, "held that the power to regulate the rendition of fugitive slaves was exclusively within the prerogative of Congress." The decision in Prigg ultimately became an antislavery weapon (Finkelman). Peters produced a 17th volume, but it is not considered part of the official reports. It was superseded by Volume 1 of Howard's Reports. The sixteen offical volumes by Peters became Volumes 26-41 of United States Reports. Finkelman, Slavery in the Courtroom 60-61. Cohen and O'Conner, A Guide to the Early Reports of the Supreme Court of the United States 147-167.
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