The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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in her behalf.  If there is a person in the world, that deserves the hearty co-operation of every friend of humanity, that person is Arrah Weems, who now, after a long series of self-sacrificing labor to aid others in their struggle for their God-given rights, solicits a small amount to redeem the last one of her own children in Slavery.  Never have I had my sympathies so aroused in behalf of any object as in behalf of this most worthy family.  She can tell you what I have done.  And I do hope, that our friends in Philadelphia and New York will assist her to make up the full amount required for the purchase of the boy.

    After she does what she can in P., will you give her the proper
    direction about getting to New York and to Mr. Tappan’s?  Inform
    him of what she has done, &c.

Please write me as soon as you can as to whether she arrived safely, &c.  Give me your opinion, also, as to the proposal about the other.  Had you not better keep the little one in P. till the other is taken there?  Inform me also where E. is, how she is getting along, &c., who living with, &c.

    Yours Truly,

    E.L.S.

In this instance, also, as in the case of “J.B.,” the care and anxiety of other souls, besides this child, crying for deliverance, weighed heavily on the mind of Mr. Stevens, as may be inferred from certain references in his letters.  Mr. Stevens’ love of humanity, and impartial freedom, even in those dark days of Slavery, when it was both unpopular and unsafe to allow the cries of the bondman to awaken the feeling of humanity to assist the suffering, was constantly leading him to take sides with the oppressed, and as he appears in this correspondence, so it was his wont daily to aid the helpless, who were all around him.  Arrah Weems, who had the care of the child, alluded to so touchingly by Mr. Stevens, had known, to her heart’s sorrow, how intensely painful it was to a mother’s feelings to have her children torn from her by a cruel master and sold.  For Arrah had had a number of children sold, and was at that very time striving diligently to raise money to redeem the last one of them.  And through such kind-hearted friends as Mr. Stevens, the peculiar hardships of this interesting family of Weems’ were brought to the knowledge of thousands of philanthropists in this country and England, and liberal contributions had already been made by friends of the Slave on both sides of the ocean.  It may now be seen, that while this child had not been a conscious sufferer from the wicked system of Slavery, it had been the object of very great anxiety and suffering to several persons, who had individually perilled their own freedom for its redemption.  This child, however, was safely brought to the Vigilance Committee, in Philadelphia, and was duly forwarded, via friends in New York, to its mother, in Syracuse, where she had stopped to work and wait for her little one, left behind at the time she escaped.

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