“This was probably the first time he [Lincoln] gave to these grave questions [on slavery] so full and elaborate an investigation...it is not improbable that the study of this case deepened and developed the antislavery convictions of his just and generous mind.”
Congressman Isaac Arnold, 1881

“It was next to impossible for a Judge to detect an error in any grounds that he assumed in argument. Admitting his premises his conclusions were irresistible.”
Judge Thomas, 1866

“Among the cases...of dramatic import... ‘that she had declared herself to be free.’”
Ida Tarbell, 1902