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The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,197 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.

“What made me leave was because I worked for him all my life-time and he never gave me but two dollars and fifteen cents in all his life.  I was hired out this year for two hundred dollars, but when I would go to him to make complaints of hard treatment from the man I was hired to, he would say:  “G——­d d——­n it, don’t come to me, all I want is my money.”

“Mr. Tyler was a thin raw-boned man, with a long nose, the picture of the president.  His wife was a tolerably well-disposed woman in some instances—­she was a tall, thin-visaged woman, and stood high in the community.  Through her I fell into the hands of Tyler.  At present she owns about fifty slaves.  His own slaves, spoken of as having been gambled away, came by his father—­he has been married the second time.”

Twice William had been sold and bought in, on account of his master’s creditors, and for many months had been expecting to be sold again, to meet pressing claims in the hands of the sheriff against Tyler.  He, by the way, “now lives in Hanover county, about eighteen miles from Richmond, and for fear of the sheriff, makes himself very scarce in that city.”

At fourteen years of age, William was sold for eight hundred dollars; he would have brought in 1857, probably twelve hundred and fifty dollars; he was a member of the Baptist Church in good and regular standing.

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LOUISA BROWN.

Louisa is a good-looking, well-grown, intelligent mulatto girl of sixteen years of age, and was owned by a widow woman of Baltimore, Md.  To keep from being sold, she was prompted to try her fortune on the U.G.R.R., for Freedom in Canada, under the protection of the British Lion.

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JACOB WATERS AND ALFRED GOULDEN.

Jacob is twenty-one years of age, dark chestnut color, medium size, and of prepossessing manners.  Fled from near Frederick, Md., from the clutches of a farmer by the name of William Dorsey, who was described as a severe master, and had sold two of Jacob’s sisters, South, only three years prior to his escape.  Jacob left three brothers in chains.

Alfred is twenty-three years of age, in stature quite small, full black, and bears the marks of ill usage.  Though a member of the Methodist Church, his master, Fletcher Jackson, “thought nothing of taking the shovel to Alfred’s head; or of knocking him, and stamping his head with the heels of his boots.”  Repeatedly, of late, he had been shockingly beaten.  To escape those terrible visitations, therefore, he made up his mind to seek a refuge in Canada.

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ARRIVAL FROM BALTIMORE.

JEFFERSON PIPKINS, ALIAS DAVID JONES, LOUISA PIPKINS, ELIZABETH BRIT, HARRIET BROWN, ALIAS JANE WOOTON, GRACY MURRY, ALIAS SOPHIA SIMS, EDWARD WILLIAMS, ALIAS HENRY JOHNSON, CHAS. LEE, ALIAS THOMAS BUSHIER.

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