The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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May God lead you into all truth, and sustain you in your labors,
and fulfill your prayers and hopes.  Adieu.

N.R.  JOHNSTON.

LETTERS FROM LEVI COFFIN.

The following letters on the subject were received from the untiring and devoted friend of the slave, Levi Coffin, who for many years had occupied in Cincinnati a similar position to that of Thomas Garrett in Delaware, a sentinel and watchman commissioned of God to succor the fleeing bondman—­

    CINCINNATI, 4TH MO., 10TH, 1851.

FRIEND WM. STILL:—­We have sorrowful news from our friend Concklin, through the papers and otherwise.  I received a letter a few days ago from a friend near Princeton, Ind., stating that Concklin and the four slaves are in prison in Vincennes, and that their trial would come on in a few days.  He states that they rowed seven days and nights in the skiff, and got safe to Harmony, Ind., on the Wabash river, thence to Princeton, and were conveyed to Vincennes by friends, where they were taken.  The papers state, that they were all given up to the Marshal of Evansville, Indiana.
We have telegraphed to different points, to try to get some information concerning them, but failed.  The last information is published in the Times of yesterday, though quite incorrect in the particulars of the case.  Inclosed is the slip containing it.  I fear all is over in regard to the freedom of the slaves.  If the last account be true, we have some hope that Concklin will escape from those bloody tyrants.  I cannot describe my feelings on hearing this sad intelligence.  I feel ashamed to own my country.  Oh! what shall I say.  Surely a God of justice will avenge the wrongs of the oppressed.

    Thine for the poor slave,

    LEVI COFFIN.

    N.B.—­If thou hast any information, please write me forthwith.

    CINCINNATI, 5TH MO., 11TH, 1851.

WM. STILL:—­Dear Friend—­Thy letter of 1st inst., came duly to hand, but not being able to give any further information concerning our friend, Concklin, I thought best to wait a little before I wrote, still hoping to learn something more definite concerning him.
We that became acquainted with Seth Concklin and his hazardous enterprises (here at Cincinnati), who were very few, have felt intense and inexpressible anxiety about them.  And particularly about poor Seth, since we heard of his falling into the hands of the tyrants.  I fear that he has fallen a victim to their inhuman thirst for blood.

    I seriously doubt the rumor, that he had made his escape.  I fear
    that he was sacrificed.

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