18 march 1851
A serious difficulty, arising out of a fugitive slave case, baa juat broken out between tbe States of Maryland and Pennsylvania, which, after a volu minous correspondence, will doubtless ba referred to the Supreme Court for adjudication. The facts are as follows : About two months since, Mr. J. S. Mitchell, of Cecil county, Md, ascertained that a fugitive slave woman of hia, who had been absent about five years, was residing In Camden, N. J., nearly opposite Philadelphia ; that ahe had been married to a free negro since her escspe, and was 'the mother of one child. He accordingly employed two men Lnamcd Price and Albertit, residing in Philadelphia to secure her and her child for him, and deliver them to him at Elk ton. They accordingly went to work and secured the confidence of the woman and her husband, and Trice finally invited the woman to come over to the city, and bring her child with her, and to atop at hia house. The woman, suspecting nothing, accepted the invitation, and, after remaining a few days, was carried off in a carriage with her child, bTrice and Albertis, to Elk ton. and delivered to tbe possession of Mr. Mitchell, who now holds them both as slaves. The husband of the slave, finding out how his wife bad been spirited off, had Albertis and Price both ar rested on the chargo of kidnapping. They were tried at Philadelphia and found guilty about two weeks since, aud sentenced to the penitentiary lor a term of years The husband of tho woman has now gono to tho Governor of Pennsylvania and procured from him a requisition on the Governor of Maryland for bis wife and child, and also for the master, Mr. J. S. Mitchell, of Cecil county, on the charge of having employed persons to kidnap a free born child from that State. The requisition is accompanied by an able letter from the Governor of Pennsylvania, which Gov. Lowe, ol Maryland, has replied to most ably and eloquently, declining to give Mr. Mitchell up, on the ground that he has committed no offence that Is punishable under the laws of this State, and also refusion to eive ud the negroes. He is sustained in this course by a long opinion from Attorney General Brent, all of which, I learn, will shortly be published.