The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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    KINGSTON, July 20, 1857.

MR. WILLIAM STILL—­Dear Friend:—­I take the opertunity of wrighting a few lines to let you no that we air all in good health hoping thos few lines may find you and your family engoying the same blessing.  We arived in King all saft Canada West Abram Galway gos to work this morning at $1.75 per day and John pediford is at work for mr george mink and i will opne a shop for my self in a few days My wif will send a daugretipe to your cair whitch you will pleas to send on to me Richard Edons to the cair of George Mink Kingston C W

    Yours with Respect,


Abram, his comrade, allied himself faithfully to John Bull until Uncle Sam became involved in the contest with the rebels.  In this hour of need Abram hastened back to North Carolina to help fight the battles of Freedom.  How well he acted his part, we are not informed.  We only know that, after the war was over, in the reconstruction of North Carolina, Abram was promoted to a seat in its Senate.  He died in office only a few months since.  The portrait is almost a “fac-simile.”

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Anglo-African and Anglo-Saxon were about equally mixed in the organization of Mr. Pettifoot.  His education, with regard to books, was quite limited.  He had, however, managed to steal the art of reading and writing, to a certain extent.  Notwithstanding the Patriarchal Institution of the South, he was to all intents and purposes a rebel at heart, consequently he resolved to take a trip on the Underground Rail Road to Canada.  So, greatly to the surprise of those whom he was serving, he was one morning inquired for in vain.  No one could tell what had become of Jack no more than if he had vanished like a ghost.  Doubtless Messrs. McHenry and McCulloch were under the impression that newspapers and money possessed great power and could, under the circumstances, be used with entire effect.  The following advertisement is evidence, that Jack was much needed at the tobacco factory.

$100 REWARD—­For the apprehension and delivery to us of a MULATTO MAN, named John Massenberg, or John Henry Pettifoot, who has been passing as free, under the name of Sydney.  He is about 5 feet 6 or 8 inches high, spare made, bright, with a bushy head of hair, curled under and a small moustache.  Absconded a few days ago from our Tobacco Factory.

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