Under would have been repugnant to the common

Under the laws of time, the
Canadian government officials were not correct to order the extradition of
Nelson Hackett. Charles Bagot addressed the reasons that the application was
refused which included two reasons. The first reason he gave was, “the
application was not made by the government of the state in which the offence
had been committed”, and the second was, “because it was no based-on
proceedings commenced before some competent criminal jurisdiction”. It was not
because of law that Charles Bagot had decided to recommend this application but
because of what it would make Canada look like. Charles Bagot writes, “I felt
that therefore to refuse to surrender him would be to establish as a principle
that no slave escaping too this province should be given up, whatever offence,
short perhaps of murder, he might have committed; a principle which would have
been repugnant to the common sense of justice of the civilized world, would
have involved us in disputes of the most inconvenient nature with the neighboring
states and would  have converted the
province in an asylum for the worst characters, provided only they had been
saves before arriving there” (Document 1). In this quote made by Charles Bagot it
is clear that his recommendation is not made from the law but rather what he assumes
may be thought of his state. He believes that this will attract more slaves to
the province in Canada which wouldn’t look good on him. The humanity of the British
law had made slaves coming into Canada free. It could not be proven that Nelson
Hackett did have the supposed belongings that he was said to have by his owner
Alfred Wallace. Without any proof, there should not have an extradition set in
place as what Nelson Hackett may have used to get to Canada was most likely to
help him survive and to escape from the abuse he speaks of (Document 8). Nelson
Hackett should not be taken back to Arkansas without clear evidence because the
consequences may be deadly for what was for a short time, a free man. Alfred
Wallace was also the governor general giving him great power. This begs the
question, if it were someone else making the application would the outcome be
the same? Would there be an order of an extradition or would the application even
make it that far? After being refused he went out of the way to contact Lord
Stanley who accepted the application only on the grounds that it would make his
state look better . Under the laws of time, the Canadian government officials
were not correct to order the extradition of Nelson Hackett.

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