New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA - 1861 - The African Slave-Trade.; ARREST OF TWO NEW-BEDFORD MEN ON A CHARGE OF FITTING OUT A SLAVER.
Standard of Aug. 9
The New-Bedford (Mass.) says:
"Deputy United States Marshal, S.H. BICKNELL, of Boston, arrived in this city last evening, having in his possession warrants for the arrest of Mr. ALBERT S. BIGELOW, a wholesale liquor-dealer on South Water-street, and Mr. ANDREW H. POTTER, of the firm of A.H. POTTER & CO., outfitters, also doing business on South Water-street, Mr. BICKNELL called upon City Marshal TERRY, and made him acquainted with his business, who at once promised him his cooperation.
At about eight o'clock this morning, Mr. BICKNELL waited upon Mr. BIGELOW at his place of business, and requested his presence in Boston to answer to a charge of fitting out the ship Brutus, at this port, as a slaver. Mr. BIGELOW announced his readiness to accede to the officer's demand, and they then proceeded to the Marshal's office. After a short tarry, Mr. BICKNELL, Mr. BIGELOW and Officer HOWLAND waited upon Mr. POTTER at his store, who, upon being notified of the charge against him, also expressed his willingness to accompany the officer. All three went to Boston in the midday train.
"The Brutus sailed from this port Aug. 29, 1860, being cleared by Mr. BIGELOW, ostensibly for a whaling voyage, under command of Capt. R.S. DEVOLL, who left her off the Western Islands and returned home. At that time she was suspected, and the agent stated that she would be discharged and reloaded under the inspection of a Government officer. Her sails were unbent, but nothing more was done. After a few days her sails were again bent, and she proceeded to sea.
"Some time since we published a statement of a young man, named JEROME COLBURN, of Belchertown, who was on board the Brutus, and who stated that they succeeded in leaving the coast of Africa with six hundred negroes, landing five hundred of them in Cuba. The vessel was also sold in Cuba, and the crew dispersed."
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 11, 1861
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