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Isaac Shelby Papers
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, February 2010
Isaac Shelby was an important local government official appointed the Clerk of Clark County.
Collection consists of four letters pertaining to the Isaac Shelby vs Lucy (a woman of color) slave case. On March 13, 1817, a writ of Habeas Corpus issued by Clark County Circuit Court declared Lucy’s freedom from Shelby. Shelby countered that Lucy was not a slave, but rather an indentured servant bound to him for a period of thirty-five years. After recovering Lucy, Shelby sold her and her remaining time to Thomas Pile.
March 13, 1817 Letter to Isaac Shelby from William Goodwin
March, 1817 Response of Isaac Shelby to writ of Habeas Corpus
© March 29, 1817 Letter to Clark County Circuit from David Raymond and John Boggs/Baggs
March 19, 1817 Letter to Isaac Shelby from Soloman Blue with signature/seal by Lucy and Isaac Shelby
Transcripts of written letters
Size of Collection: 1 folder, 5 items
Collection Dates: March 1817
Provenance: Jan. 29, 2010 purchased from Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None