The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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In the midst of the Doctor’s grief, friends of the slave soon raised money to purchase his brother, about $1,000; but the unfortunate sons were doomed to the auction block and the far South, where, the writer has never exactly learned.


PROFESSORS H. AND T. OFFER THEIR SERVICES—­CAPTAINS B. ALSO ARE ENLISTED—­SLAVE-TRADER GRASPING TIGHTLY HIS PREY, BUT SHE IS RESCUED—­LONG CONFLICT, BUT GREAT TRIUMPH—­ARRIVAL ON THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 25, 1855.  It was the business of the Vigilance Committee, as it was clearly understood by the friends of the Slave, to assist all needy fugitives, who might in any way manage to reach Philadelphia, but, for various reasons, not to send agents South to incite slaves to run away, or to assist them in so doing.  Sometimes, however, this rule could not altogether be conformed to.  Cases, in some instances, would appeal so loudly and forcibly to humanity, civilization, and Christianity, that it would really seem as if the very stones would cry out, unless something was done.  As an illustration of this point, the story of the young girl, which is now to be related, will afford the most striking proof.  At the same time it may be seen how much anxiety, care, hazard, delay and material aid, were required in order to effect the deliverance of some who were in close places, and difficult of access.  It will be necessary to present a considerable amount of correspondence in this case, to bring to light the hidden mysteries of this narrative.  The first letter, in explanation, is the following: 


    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 1854.

MR. WM. STILL—­Dear Sir:—­I have to thank you for the prompt answer you had the kindness to give to my note of 22d inst.  Having found a correspondence so quick and easy, and withal so very flattering, I address you again more fully.
The liberal appropriation for transportation has been made chiefly on account of a female child of ten or eleven years old, for whose purchase I have been authorized to offer $700 (refused), and for whose sister I have paid $1,600, and some $1,000 for their mother, &c.
This child sleeps in the same apartment with its master and mistress, which adds to the difficulty of removal.  She is some ten or twelve miles from the city, so that really the chief hazard will be in bringing her safely to town, and in secreting her until a few days of storm shall have abated.  All this, I think, is now provided for with entire safety.
The child has two cousins in the immediate vicinity; a young man of some twenty-two years of age, and his sister, of perhaps seventeen—­both Slaves, but bright and clear-headed as anybody.  The young man I have seen often—­the services of both seem indispensable to the main
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