Jenny Slew vs. John Whipple, Jr. (1766)
In 1766, Jenny Slew sued John Whipple, Ipswich (Hamilton), on basis that her mother was white. She lost her case in the ECCP case but appealed and won in the SCJ in 1766.
- 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.
Superior Court of 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