The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,446 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.

JAMES STEWART, alias WM. JACKSON.  James had been made acquainted with the Peculiar Institution in Fauquier county, Va.  Being of sound judgment and firm resolution, he became an enemy to Slavery at a very early age; so much so, that by the time he was twenty-one he was willing to put into practice his views of the system by leaving it and going where all men are free.  Very different indeed were these notions, from those held by his owner, Wm. Rose, who believed in Slavery for the black man.  So as James could neither enjoy his freedom nor express his opinion in Virginia, he determined, that he had better get a passage on the Underground Rail Road, and leave the land of Slavery and the obnoxious sentiments of his master.  He, of course, saw formidable difficulties to be encountered all the way along in escaping, but these, he considered, would be more easy for him to overcome than it would be for him to learn the lesson—­“Servants, obey your masters.”  The very idea made James sick.  This, therefore, was the secret of his escape.

HARRIET HALEY, alias ANN RICHARDSON, AND ELIZABETH HALEY, alias SARAH RICHARDSON.  These travelers succeeded in escaping from Geo. C. Davis, of Harford county, Md.  In order to carry out their plans, they took advantage of Whitsuntide, a holiday, and with marked ingenuity and perseverance, they managed to escape and reach Quakertown Underground Rail Road Station without obstruction, where protection and assistance were rendered by the friends of the cause.  After abiding there for a short time, they were forwarded to the Committee in Philadelphia.  Their ages ranged from nineteen to twenty-one, and they were apparently “servants” of a very superior order.  The pleasure it afforded to aid such young women in escaping from a condition so loathsome as that of Slavery in Maryland, was unalloyed.

BENJAMIN DUNCANS, alias GEORGE SCOTT.  This individual was in bonds under Thomas Jeffries, who was a firm believer in the doctrine:  “Servants, obey your masters,” and, furthermore, while laboring “pretty hard” to make Benjamin a convert to this idea, he had made Benjamin’s lot anything else than smooth.  This treatment on the part of the master made a wise and resolute man of the Slave.  For as he looked earnestly into the fact, that he was only regarded by his owner in the light of an ox, or an ass, his manhood rebelled straightway, and the true light of freedom told him, that he must be willing to labor, and endure suffering for the great prize, liberty.  So, in company with five others, at an appointed time, he set out for freedom, and succeeded.  The others, alluded to, passed on to Canada direct.  Benjamin was induced to stop a few months in Pennsylvania, during which time he occupied himself in farming.  He looked as if he was well able to do a full day’s work at this occupation.  He was about twenty-five years of age, of unmixed blood, and wore a pleasant countenance.

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