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Celia used to be a regular slave--until she struck again at her abusive grasp and have become the defendant in a landmark trial that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South's "Peculiar Institution."

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3 While there is a good deal in print on Blackstone and All Souls,4 Buckler’s activities in the College have been largely ignored. The four main areas in which both men played an important and mutually supportive role were the constitution and administration of the Codrington Library, the problem of founder’s kin, the administration of the college estates, and – perhaps most important in the eyes of some of their colleagues – the establishment of the college’s wine cellar. Very little has been written about Buckler.

These positions were held for a year, with appointments or elections made by the warden, sub-warden, two deans and six other fellows. Buckler was bursar of arts twice, in 1753 and again in 1771; Blackstone served as bursar of laws in 1747 and 1751. Buckler was dean of arts on nine occasions, the last being in 1780. Blackstone held the corresponding position of dean of laws in 1746, 1748 and 1750. So it is apparent that after a late start in gaining, or perhaps desiring, admittance to the higher levels of the governing body, Buckler regularly held office at All Souls.

CT Martin, Catalogue of the Archives . . of All Souls’ College (London, 1877) 295. Jeremiah had married on 2 July 1699, Catherine the daughter of William Townsend, the mason engaged on the stonework of the new buildings: Oxfordshire Family History Society, Oxfordshire Marriage Index, 1538– 1837. HM Colvin, ‘The Townsends of Oxford: A Firm of Georgian Master-Masons and Its Accounts’ (2000) 10 Georgian Group Journal 43–60. 14 Clitherow, ‘Memoirs’ viii. 1705–1762). An assistant to Sir Henry Cheere, Roubiliac was paid fifty guineas for the work: R Gunnis, Dictionary of British sculptors, 1660–1851 (London, 1968) 331; see also below, pp 238–9.

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