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William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,197 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.
and Servants,” soon underwent an entire change, and he began to cast his eyes around him to see how he might get his freedom.  One who was thoroughly awake as he was to the idea of being free, with a fair share of courage, could now and then meet with the opportunity to escape by the steamers or schooners coming North.  Thus Samuel found the way open and on one of the steamers came to Philadelphia.  On arriving, he was put at once in the charge of the Committee.  While in their hands he seemed filled with astonishment at his own achievements, and such spontaneous expressions as naturally flowed from his heart thrilled and amazed his new found friends, and abundant satisfaction was afforded, that Samuel Washington Johnson would do no discredit to his fugitive comrades in Canada.  So the Committee gladly aided him on his journey.

After arriving in Canada, Samuel wrote frequently and intelligently.  The subjoined letter to his wife shows how deeply he was attached to her, and, at the same time, what his views were of Slavery.  The member of the Committee to whom it was sent with the request, that it should be forwarded to her, did not meet with the opportunity of doing so.  A copy of it was preserved with other Underground Rail Road documents.

LETTER FROM SAMUEL W. JOHNSON TO HIS WIFE.

My Dear Wife I now embrace this golden opportunity of writing a few Lines to inform you that I am well at present engoying good health and hope that these few lines may find you well also.  My dearest wife I have Left you and now I am in a foreign land about fourteen hundred miles from you but though my wife my thoughts are upon you all the time.  My dearest Frances I hope you will remember me now gust as same as you did when I were there with you because my mind are with you night and day the Love that I bear for you in my breast is greater than I thought it was if I had thought I had so much Love for you I dont think I ever could Left being I have escape I and has fled into a land of freedom.  I can but stop and look over my past Life and say what a fool I was for staying in bondage as Long.  My dear wife I dont want you to get married before you send me some letters because I never shall get married until I see you again.  My mind dont deceive and it appears to me as if I shall see you again at my time of writing this letter I am desitute of money I have not got in no business yet but when I do get into business I shall write you and also remember you.  Tell my Mother and Brother and all enquiring friends that I am now safe in free state.  I cant tell where I am at present but Direct your Letters to Mr. William Still in Philadelphia and I will get them.  Answer this as soon as you can if you please for if you write the same day you receive it it will take a fortnight to reach me.  No more to relate at present but still remain your affectionate husband.  Mr. Still please defore this piece out if you please

    SAMUEL WASHINGTON JOHNSON.

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