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This broadside was a call to action for local abolitionists. Gilbert Horton, born free in Westchester County, was falsely arrested and imprisoned in Washington D.C. as runaway slave. According to an advertisement in the National Intelligencer, he would be sold as a slave if he wasn’t claimed by his owner. With the help of William Jay and several other local abolitionists, Horton’s freedom was secured.