Isaac Shelby Papers

Isaac Shelby Papers
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, February 2010

Biographical Note:

Isaac Shelby was an important local government official appointed the Clerk of Clark County.

Scope and Content Note:

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.

Item Listing

Folder 1

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

Collection Information

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
Restrictions: None
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