The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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said Emanuel, adding that his master was a “devil,” though a member of the Reformed Methodist Church.  But his mistress, he said, was a “right nice little woman, and kept many licks off me.”  “If you said you were sick, he would whip it out of you.”  From Mandrey he once fled, and was gone two months, but was captured at Williamsburg, Va., and received a severe flogging, and carried home.  Hubbert finally sold Emanuel to a Mr. Grigway of Norfolk; with Emanuel Mr. G. was pretty well suited, but his wife was not—­he had “too much white blood in him” for her.  Grigway and his wife were members of the Episcopal Church.

In this unhappy condition Emanuel found a conductor of the Underground Rail Road.  A secret passage was secured for him on one of the Richmond steamers, and thus he escaped from his servitude.  The Committee attended to his wants, and forwarded him on as usual.  From Syracuse, where he was breathing quite freely under the protection of the Rev. J.W.  Loguen, he wrote the following letter: 

    SYRACUSE, July 29, 1857.

MY DEAR FRIEND, MR. STILL:—­I got safe through to Syracuse, and found the house of our friend, Mr. J.W.  Loguen.  Many thanks to you for your kindness to me.  I wish to say to you, dear sir, that I expect my clothes will be sent to Dr. Landa, and I wish, if you please, get them and send them to the care of Mr. Loguen, at Syracuse, for me He will be in possession of my whereabouts and will send them to me.  Remember me to Mr. Landa and Miss Millen Jespan, and much to you and your family.

    Truly Yours,



There is found the following brief memorandum on the Records of the Underground Rail Road Book, dated July, 1857: 

“A little child of fourteen months old was conveyed to its mother, who had been compelled to flee without it nearly nine months ago.”

While the circumstances connected with the coming of this slave child were deeply interesting, no further particulars than the simple notice above were at that time recorded.  Fortunately, however, letters from the good friends, who plucked this infant from the jaws of Slavery, have been preserved to throw light on this little one, and to show how true-hearted sympathizers with the Slave labored amid dangers and difficulties to save the helpless bondman from oppression.  It will be observed, that both these friends wrote from Washington, D.C., the seat of Government, where, if Slavery was not seen in its worst aspects, the Government in its support of Slavery appeared in a most revolting light.


    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 1857.

    DEAR SIR:—­Some of our citizens, I am told, lately left here for
    Philadelphia, three of whom were arrested and brought back.

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