The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,197 pages of information about The Underground Railroad.

It is very certain, that this Irish girl was not annoyed by the kinks in John’s hair.  Nor was she overly fastidious about the small percentage of colored blood visible in John’s complexion.  It was, however, a strange occurrence and very hard to understand.  Not a stone was left unturned until John was safely on the Underground Rail Road.  Doubtless she helped to earn the money which was paid for his passage.  And when he was safe off, it is not too much to say, that John was not a whit more delighted than was his intended Irish lassie, Mary Weaver.  John had no sooner reached Canada than Mary’s heart was there too.  Circumstances, however, required that she should remain in Richmond a number of months for the purpose of winding up some of her affairs.  As soon as the way opened for her, she followed him.  It was quite manifest, that she had not let a single opportunity slide, but seized the first chance and arrived partly by means of the Underground Rail Road and partly by the regular train.  Many difficulties were surmounted before and after leaving Richmond, by which they earned their merited success.  From Canada, where they anticipated entering upon the matrimonial career with mutual satisfaction, it seemed to afford them great pleasure to write back frequently, expressing their heartfelt gratitude for assistance, and their happiness in the prospect of being united under the favorable auspices of freedom!  At least two or three of these letters, bearing on particular phases of their escape, etc., are too valuable not to be published in this connection: 

FIRST LETTER.

    HAMILTON, March 25th, 1856.

    Mr. Still:—­Sir and Friend—­I take the liberty of addressing you
    with these few lines hoping that you will attend to what I shall
    request of you.

I have written to Virginia and have not received an answer yet.  I want to know if you can get any one of your city to go to Richmond for me.  If you can, I will pay the expense of the whole.  The person that I want the messenger to see is a white girl.  I expect you know who I allude to, it is the girl that sent me away.  If you can get any one to go, you will please write right away and tell me the cost, &c.  I will forward the money and a letter.  Please use your endeavors.

    Yours Respectfuliy,

    JOHN HALL.

    Direct yours to Mr. Hill.

SECOND LETTER.

    HAMILTON, Sept. 15th, 1856.

To Mr. Still, Dear Sir:—­I take this opportunity of addressing these few lines to you hoping to find you in good health I am happy to inform you that Miss Weaver arrived here on Tuesday last, and I can assure you it was indeed a happy day.  As for your part that you done I will not attempt to tell you how thankful I am, but I hope that you can imagine what my feelings are to you.  I cannot find words sufficient
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