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It also shows how free blacks would sometimes purchase enslaved loved ones to grant their freedom. John Carter. Pope first appeared in public records as a participant in "The Pearl Affair. A militia on a steamboat overtook the Pearl at the mouth of the Chesapeake. The majority of the slaves' owners sold the captured fugitives to states in the Deep South; a few, Pope among them, escaped that fate.

Later as a free man, Pope became a highly successful businessman, a landowner, a community leader in Georgetown, and a leading member of the black community in Washington. Pope's file contains a letter written by a white witness, John Marbury, the executor of his deceased owner's will. Pope submitted the letter to the circuit court to confirm that he was indeed free and to explain how he had lost earlier documents proving his freedom.

As part of the Compromise of , the act of September 18, 9 Stat. The fugitive slave case records are organized by date and contain warrants for arrest and documentation of proof of ownership. The file of Mary Ann Williams, a fugitive and accused runaway, contains the warrant for her arrest. For those fugitives who successfully eluded capture, there would be no record other than the initial warrant for arrest.

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A "writ of habeas corpus" is a court order instructing those accused of detaining another individual unjustly to bring the detainee before the court, usually to explain the reason for the detention. Many of the habeas corpus records issued by the U. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia concern African American detainees accused of being runaway slaves.

The records in each file may include petitions for habeas corpus, writs of habeas corpus, manumission papers, statements of freedom, and other papers needed for the proceedings of each case. Emeline Brown, a "free colored woman," petitioned the court in March for the return of her daughter Lucy Brown, who was "unjustly and illegally detained and held" against her will in the custody of Benjamin F.


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Hunt of Georgetown. On March 22, , Emeline Brown, described as a "free colored woman," submitted a habeas corpus petition. Her case highlights the reality that even free blacks faced the danger of being subjected to involuntary servitude. Brown petitioned for the recovery of her daughter Lucy Brown, who was "unjustly and illegally detained and held" against her will in the custody of Benjamin F. Emeline explained that, about a year or two earlier, "her husband John Brown, the father of said Lucy, and a slave for life belonging to Richard Pettit Esq.

Emeline contended, however, that Hunt had severely maltreated Lucy and that she now desired the return of her child. Several months later, the records show that Lucy's father, John Brown—now emancipated and described as a "free man of color of Georgetown"—submitted a second habeas corpus petition charging that "his child Lucy Brown. On November 10, , the circuit court ordered that "Lucy Brown be remanded to the custody and control of her father, the said John Brown, and the said Benjamin F. Hunt no longer detain or restrain her.

Elizabeth Contee, "a free colored woman residing in Washington, D. Mulloy came to her residence and forcibly took" him from her premises to some place unknown. Elizabeth further claimed that Basil was free and born of a free woman—their mother, Rachel Barnes—who was "now dead long previous to the act complained of.

Elizabeth also gave information on Basil's father, "John Olliday" [sic], who was a slave owned by a "Mrs. Lyell or Lyells, residing in the neighborhood of Georgetown. Clarke testified in support of Elizabeth, claiming that he "saw Mulloy take the child. Mulloy, on the afternoon of friday the 26th of July last, take from the yard, of Elizabeth Contee a free colored woman.

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Said Mulloy was on horseback accompanied by a man on foot. Said Mulloy placed the boy on the horse behind him. The boy was evidently taken off forcibly. And said deponent further declares that the boy was taken in spite of the entreaties and protestations of said Elizabeth Contee. On August 8, , the court ordered Mulloy to appear with Basil before the court for a hearing, but there is no record of the final outcome.

African Americans submitted petitions for habeas corpus not only against white detainers but also against other African Americans. Robert Nelson, a free black "minor of about 17 years" was in a legal apprenticeship arrangement with another free black named Alfred Jones. Robert sued Jones for an annulment of the contract with the help and support of his friend Edward Woodlond, another free black.

The official petition states:. The records in this file show that the court required Alfred Jones to release Robert Nelson so that he could plead his case. Again, there is no record of the final outcome. Before alighting from the island, Dewlap finds Otulissa reading Fleckasia and Other Disorders of the Gizzard and sentences her to the Flint mops, which is the Great Tree's way of punishment, yet Dewlap begins making Otulissa do things that a ryb would never be allowed to do to a student, like fetch her food like a slave.

Otulissa goes with the punishment but eventually flies away to join the Chaw and as a result, Dewlap, "out of futile desperation", flings the book into the sea. Upon reaching St. Aggies, they are put through moon blinking sessions, but each of the owls has memorized a part of the Ga'Hoolian cycle, such as the fire cycle, the war cycle, and the star cycle. Not long after their arrival, they discover barn owls sneaking flecks out of the library, where all of the flecks at St.

Due to Otulissa's ability to confuse one of the suspected infiltrators, she is brought up to the library to explain what Higher Magnetics is and from that, learns that one of the suspects is actually a double-agent for St. Meanwhile, at the Pure Ones' castle, the Rogue Smith of Silverveil is hired to make battle claws for the Pure Ones' army and from the information blabbed out by one of their generals, she learns that the Pure Ones are planning to launch an attack on the Great Tree and she goes to tell Mist.

At St. Aggie's, The Chaw of Chaws devised a plan to make the workers and the spies doubt each other to make them fight. During the commotion, Soren struck in the rear, damaging his rudder feathers and on the way back to the Great Tree, he became gravely ill. As Soren nears death, a local spotted owl named Hortense yet it is male went to the home of Mist and told them of Soren and she brought a flying snake named Slynella who had venom that could heal illness.

After Soren regains his health, Mist reveals that she is the original Hortense and that the Pure Ones were planning to attack the Great Tree.

The Chaw flies off towards the great tree to warn them of the impending attack and realize the true size of the Pure Ones' forces, which number in the thousands. The story tells of Kludd's initiation into the Pure Ones, as it is learned that he maimed a Non-Tyto, killed a nest maid snake and attempted to kill his younger brother by pushing him out of the nest.

Following the events of 'The Siege' - the story follows Eglantine who dreams of her parents possibly being alive. Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger discover a page from a book regarding the mysterious 'Flecks' - sending it to Otulissa to research. Eglantine eventually decides that her dreams of her parents are true, flying out from the Great Tree to meet up with her parents in the Beaks.

This book follows the story of Grank the first collier, how he met Fengo and found the Ember of Hoole! Otulissa learns from Bess, the Knower, that there is a sixth kingdom in the world of owls. This discovery would mean much to owlkind. She rushes off to tell the Band about this new kingdom, which they come to know that it is known as Jouzhenkyn, or the Middle Kingdom. After they read Bess' letter, they all decide they should tell no one of this discovery yet except Coryn, their king. Coryn grows excited when the Band tells him that they get to go to the Palace of Mists Bess' secret location first, a place very few owls know about, and even fewer have gone there.

Soren's elderly nest-maid snake pleads the Band to let her travel with them, and they agree, so The Band, Otulissa, Coryn, Mrs. Plivither leave the tree without notice to go to the Palace of Mists. While they are gone, Pelli, Soren's mate, is shocked to find Bell go missing after a weather chawlet practice. Eglantine and Primrose, the aunt and godmother for the three B's, respectively, search for her for many nights, but they were unsuccessful in their search. At the Palace of Mists, Bess is relieved to find the Band there, but she is surprised to find Coryn there too, as she is not fond of much company and enjoys her solitude.

For a few nights, the Band plus Otulissa and Coryn search the documents for any information for how to get to the Middle Kingdom, and what the place is like, and Otulissa also becomes quite fluent in the native language, Jouzhen. After finding a weather map that shows how to get across the Unnamed Sea Sea of Vastness , they bid farewell to Bess and take off with very little supplies as a "river of wind" will carry them across the tomorrow line.

Along the way, they find frightening carcasses of dead birds caught in tornadoes which remind them to be cautious.

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When they find a qui line, a piece of red ribbon, they follow it and the night suddenly becomes the morning. They swiftly make their way to the Middle Kingdom, where a blue Long-eared owl named Tengshu greets them. Meanwhile, Bell is being tended to by another blue owl from the Middle Kingdom, an escaped dragon owl called Orlando, but he tells Bell to call him Striga and he lies about his origins. There, with the help of a herbalist, they escape to the great tree and tell Doc Finebeak to get ready for an ambush in the Middle Kingdom, which was to be led by Nyra.

In the Middle Kingdom, the Band and the others get word of the ambush plan, so they learn the way of Danyar, noble gentleness. They ultimately defeat Nyra and the Striga kills by spilling blood, against the way of Danyar, but since he saved Bell, the Guardians are indebted to him, so they take him back to the great tree where the Band and Coryn are welcomed back to the tree as heroes.

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The Striga, a mysterious blue owl from the Middle Kingdom, gains control over young Coryn's mind. And then the unthinkable happens. The Striga institutes a harsh new regime that will not stop until learning itself- the very foundation of the tree- becomes suspect and books are burnt. Somehow the Band must open Coryn's eyes to the Striga's influence. The Striga and Nyra join to form an alliance against the Guardians.

The Guardians call on all the animals to join them in the war to decide the fate of the six owl kingdoms. An Owlet hatched on Stormfast Island and into a world torn by a massive war that has been going on for over years. The Ice Talons are about to invade and the Kielian League will not be able to stop it. Soon the tyrant owl Bylyric will rule over the entire world.

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Only the small owl from Stormfast Island will be able to stand in his way from total victory. Lyze is not very impressive to look at but his wild and crazy ideas might be the only thing to stand in the way of the tyrant, but will the plan he made work? The legends are a part of the Band's experiences.

They were numbered as books 9, 10, and 11 of the series. The advance copy editions show the subtitle on the covers, although the final editions were not released with this feature. At 16, I flounced out of my Cheshire home with a rucksack, a leaky umbrella and an indeterminate plan to become a Scottish crofter. I got as far as hitchhiking to Carlisle before the rain pelted down and nobody would give me a lift. When I phoned home, my dad just said: "Where are you? I'll be there.