Jenny Slew vs. John Whipple, Jr. (1766)
Jenny Slew sues John Whipple, Ipswich (Hamilton), on basis that her mother was white. Lost ECCP case but won SCJ appeal.
- Plaintiff: Jenny Slew
- Defendant: John Whipple Jr
- Plaintiff's Attorney: Benjamin Kent
- Defendant's Attorney: Edmund Trowbridge Esq.
- Attorney for Original Defendant on Appeal: Jeremiah Gridley
Essex Court of Common Pleas
- March 1765 Ipswich: Case initially filed
- July 1765 Salem: Case heard and continued
- Disposition: Deft's plea of "no such person in nature a Jenny Slew of Ipswich aforesaid Spinster. Overruled by Court so Deft plead "Not Guilty" and put himself on the Country. Cont'd.
- September 1765 Newburyport: Case disposed
- Disposition: Judgment for the Defendant. Appealed.
Supreme Court Judicature
- November 1766 Salem: Case filed and disposed
- Disposition: SCJ Jury finding for lower court plaintiff.
Monetary Damages: 4-0-0
Citation: Emily Blanck, Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Prevolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014).
Citation: George H. Moore, Notes on the History of Slavery in Massachusetts (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1866), 114 - 124.
Citation: Adams, John, L. Kinvin Wroth, and Hiller B. Zobel. Legal Papers of John Adams. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1965. Volume 2. Web Page: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017. http://www.masshist.org/publications/apde2/volume-toc?series=lja&vol=2