Question of the Week
Marshall Green and Susan, alias Marcia Davis, Philadelphia, 1826
This document, found in pages 17-20 of the manumission papers, describes the case of Marshall Green. Green obtained permission from his owner, Dr. Bouchell, to leave Maryland and go to Pennsylvania to get his children. When Green did not return to Maryland, he was pursued and arrested. Dr. Bouchell died before Green was returned. The court ruled that Green could not be arrested under the fugitive slave act since he did not escape or flee, but had the consent of his owner to go to Pennsylvania.