Letter from Thomas Ford, 12 December 1843

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except by an can be returned except by an appeal to the laws of [break] The Governor has no legal right to demand the return of either [break] The only power I would have would be, simply this; If any of the guilty persons should be charged with larceny or Kidnapping And by indictment or affidavit duly certified, and with having fled to than then I would have the power and it would become my duty to make a demand upon the Governor of for the surrender of the fugitives to be tried by the courts of this . I am fully satisfied that in ordinary cases this is all the power I would possess. It would be simply a power to be exercised in aid of the Judicial power. Any other powers to be exercised by the Governor would be to make him a dictator and a despot [break] It is true that an extraordinary case might arise in which the inhabitants of one State might rise in warlike and hostile array against those of another In which case a State of War would exist and then only could I interfere
I would adv[i]se your citizens to be strictly peaceable towards the people of . You ought to be aware that in every country individuals are liable to be visited by with wrong which the law is slow to redress and Some of which are never redressed in this world [p. [2]]
can be returned except by an appeal to the laws of [break] The Governor has no legal right to demand the return of either [break] The only power I would have would be, simply this; If any of the guilty persons should be charged with larceny or Kidnapping by indictment or affidavit duly certified, and with having fled to then I would have the power and it would become my duty to make a demand upon the Governor of for the surrender of the fugitives to be tried by the courts of this . I am fully satisfied that in ordinary cases this is all the power I would possess. It would be simply a power to be exercised in aid of the Judicial power. Any other powers to be exercised by the Governor would be to make him a dictator and a despot [break] It is true that an extraordinary case might arise in which the inhabitants of one State might rise in warlike and hostile array against those of another In which case a State of War would exist and then only could I interfere
I would advise your citizens to be strictly peaceable towards the people of . You ought to be aware that in every country individuals are liable to be visited with wrong which the law is slow to redress and Some of which are never redressed in this world [p. [2]]
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