The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,446 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.
them that they will receive the funs for delivering the parcel this Business cannot be accomplished. it is in your power to try to make some provision for the article to be sent but it is not in my power to do so, the bundle has been on my hands now going on 3 years, and I have suffered a great deal of danger, and is still suffering the same.  I have understood Sir that there were no difficul about the mone that you had it in your possession Ready for the bundle whenever it is delivered.  But Sir as I have said I can do nothing now.  Sir I ask you please through sympathy and feelings on my part & his try to provide a way for the bundle to be sent and relieve me of the danger in which I am in. you might succeed in making an arrangement with those on the New york Steamers for they dose such things but please let me know the man that the arrangement is made with—­please give me an answer by the bearer.

    yours truly friend


At last, the long, dark night passed away, and this young slave safely made his way to freedom, and proceeded to Boston, where he now resides.  While the Committee was looked to for aid in the deliverance of this poor fellow, it was painful to feel that it was not in their power to answer his prayers—­not until after his escape, was it possible so to do.  But his escape to freedom gave them a satisfaction which no words can well express.  At present, John Henry Hill is a justice of the peace in Petersburg.  Hezekiah resides at West Point, and James in Boston, rejoicing that all men are free in the United States, at last.

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This passenger arrived from Norfolk, Va. in 1853.  For the last four years previous to escaping, he had been under the yoke of Dr. George Wilson.  Archer declared that he had been “very badly treated” by the Doctor, which he urged as his reason for leaving.  True, the doctor had been good enough to allow him to hire his time, for which he required Archer to pay the moderate sum of $120 per annum.  As Archer had been “sickly” most of the time, during the last year, he complained that there was “no reduction” in his hire on this account.  Upon reflection, therefore, Archer thought, if he had justice done him, he would be in possession of this “one hundred and twenty” himself, and all his other rights, instead of having to toil for another without pay; so he looked seriously into the matter of master and slave, and pretty soon resolved, that if others chose to make no effort to get away, for himself he would never be contented, until he was free.  When a slave reached this decision, he was in a very hopeful state.  He was near the Underground Rail Road, and was sure to find it, sooner or later.  At this thoughtful period, Archer was thirty-one years of age, a man of medium size, and belonged to the two leading branches of southern humanity, i.e., he was half white and half colored—­a dark mulatto.  His arrival in Philadelphia, per one of the Richmond steamers, was greeted with joy by the Vigilance Committee, who extended to him the usual aid and care, and forwarded him on to freedom.  For a number of years, he has been a citizen of Boston.

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