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Isaiah Lanson's Statement & Inquiry

Isaiah Lanson's Statement & Inquiry

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Isaiah Lanson's statement and inquiry: concerning the trial of William Lanson, before the New Haven county court, November session, 1845 [New Haven?, 1846?]. 16 p. ; 23 cm. Call #: TrialsA 4 no.14.
William Lanson was an African American and a successful New Haven construction engineer. He extended Long Wharf in 1810, built the East Haven Bridge, and helped develop Wooster Square. He also owned the Liberian Hotel. He was arrested repeatedly for allegedly illegal activities at the hotel, and put on trial for operating a house of ill repute. In this pamphlet, Lanson’s son Isaiah comes to his father’s defense. He asserts that "If Mr. L. had been a white man, he would have had at least some advantages which he has not had. Some evidence of his would have been taken as good. We have no hesitation in saying that the jury were in a measure prejudiced." The pamphloet provides considerable information on operation of a boarding house, and life in New Haven’s African American community.
Isaiah Lanson's statement and inquiry: concerning the trial of William Lanson, before the New Haven county court, November session, 1845 [New Haven?, 1846?]. 16 p. ; 23 cm. Call #: TrialsA 4 no.14.
William Lanson was an African American and a successful New Haven construction engineer. He extended Long Wharf in 1810, built the East Haven Bridge, and helped develop Wooster Square. He also owned the Liberian Hotel. He was arrested repeatedly for allegedly illegal activities at the hotel, and put on trial for operating a house of ill repute. In this pamphlet, Lanson’s son Isaiah comes to his father’s defense. He asserts that "If Mr. L. had been a white man, he would have had at least some advantages which he has not had. Some evidence of his would have been taken as good. We have no hesitation in saying that the jury were in a measure prejudiced." The pamphloet provides considerable information on operation of a boarding house, and life in New Haven’s African American community.

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Published by: Yale Law Library on Jul 21, 2009
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