The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Some of his letters, from different places, gave proof of real thought and close observation, but they were not generally saved, probably were loaned to be read by friendly eyes.  Nevertheless the two subjoined will, in a measure, suffice to give some idea of his intelligence, etc.

    BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 25th, 1857.

WILLIAM STILL, Esq.:—­Dear Sir—­I have not heard from you for some time.  I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you and all know that I am well at present and thank God for it.  Dear Sir, I hear that the under ground railroad was in operation.  I am glad to hear that.  Give my best respects to your family and also to Dr. L., Mr. Warrick, Mr. Camp and familys, to Mr. Fisher, Mr. Taylor to all Friends names too numerous to mention.  Please to let me know when the road arrived with another cargo.  I want to come to see you all before long, if nothing happens and life lasts.  Mrs. Gault requested me to learn of you if you ask Mr. Bagnal if he will see father and what he says about the children.  Please to answer as soon as possible.  No more at present from a friend,


    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., Oct. 6th, ’58.

DEAR SIR:—­I received your kind letter and I was very glad to hear from you and your family.  This leaves me well, and I hope when this comes to hand it may find you the same.  I have seen a large number of your U.G.R.R. friends in my travels through the Eastern as well as the Western States.  Well there are a good many from my own city who I know—­some I talk to on private matters and some I wont.  Well around here there are so many—­Tom, Dick and Harry—­that you do not know who your friend is.  So it don’t hurt any one to be careful.  Well, somehow or another, I do not like Canada, or the Provinces.  I have been to St. John, N.B., Lower Province, or Lower Canada, also St. Catharines, C.W., and all around the Canada side, and I do not like it at all.  The people seem to be so queer—­though I suppose if I had of went to Canada when I first came North to live, I might like it by this time.  I was home when Aunt had her Ambro-type taken for you.  She often speaks of your kindness to her.  There are a number of your friends wishes you well.  My little brother is going to school in Boston.  The lady, Mrs. Hillard, that my Aunt lives with, thinks a good deal of him.  He is very smart and I think, if he lives, he may be of some account.  Do you ever see my old friend, Capt.  Fountain?  Please to give my love to him, and tell him to come to Boston, as there are a number of his friends that would like to see him.  My best respects to all friends.  I must now bring my short epistle to a close, by saying I remain your friend truly,


While a portion of the party, on hand with him, came as passengers with Capt.  P., another portion was brought by Capt.  B., both parties arriving within twelve hours of each other; and both had likewise been frozen up on the route for weeks with their respective live freight on board.

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