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    Sale 2068 | Lot 45
    Price Realized: $1,265With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2068 Lot 45

      "THE WHOLE LAND IS FULL OF BLOOD" PENNINGTON, J. W. C. Autograph Letter Signed, discussing slavery and the fugitive slave case of Thomas Sims, written to an unnamed recipient. 3 pages, folded 8vo sheet; remnants of prior mounting on verso. Liverpool, 29 April 1851
      Estimate $800-1,200

      a famous former slave commenting on the fugitive slave law: " . . . Thomas Sims has been given over to his claimant and has been taken back into Slavery. These cases are enough to break one's heart. It is difficult to see how the enormous evil and crime of Slavery can be carried to a greater extent. The whole land is full of blood . . ."
      Born a slave in Maryland, Pennington worked as a blacksmith until running away in his twenties. He made his way to New York, where he studied for the ministry and became pastor of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church. In 1838, Pennington performed the wedding for Frederick Douglass and Anna Murray. He became an activist and co-founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society and published The Origin and History of the Coloured People in 1841. His autobiography, "The Fugitive Blacksmith" appeared in 1849.


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,265