The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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In England the Crafts were highly respected.  While under her British Majesty’s protection, Ellen became the mother of several children, (having had none under the stars and stripes).  These they spared no pains in educating for usefulness in the world.  Some two years since William and Ellen returned with two of their children to the United States, and after visiting Boston and other places, William concluded to visit Georgia, his old home, with a view of seeing what inducement war had opened up to enterprise, as he had felt a desire to remove his family thither, if encouraged.  Indeed he was prepared to purchase a plantation, if he found matters satisfactory.  This visit evidently furnished the needed encouragement, judging from the fact that he did purchase a plantation somewhere in the neighborhood of Savannah, and is at present living there with his family.

The portraits of William and Ellen represent them at the present stage of life, (as citizens of the U.S.)—­of course they have greatly changed in appearance from what they were when they first fled from Georgia.  Obviously the Fugitive Slave Law in its crusade against William and Ellen Craft, reaped no advantages, but on the contrary, liberty was greatly the gainer.

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No one Southern city furnished a larger number of brave, wide-awake and likely-looking Underground Rail Road passengers than the city of Richmond.  Lewis and Nancy were fair specimens of the class of travelers coming from that city.  Lewis was described as a light yellow man, medium size, good-looking, and intelligent.  In referring to bondage, he spoke with great earnestness, and in language very easily understood; especially when speaking of Samuel Myers, from whom he escaped, he did not hesitate to give him the character of being a very hard man, who was never satisfied, no matter how hard the slaves might try to please him.

Myers was engaged in the commission and forwarding business, and was a man of some standing in Richmond.  From him Lewis had received very severe floggings, the remembrance of which he would not only carry with him to Canada, but to the grave.  It was owing to abuse of this kind that he was awakened to look for a residence under the protection of the British Lion.  For eight months he longed to get away, and had no rest until he found himself on the Underground Rail Road.

His master was a member of the Century Methodist Church, as was also his wife and family; but Lewis thought that they were strangers to practical Christianity, judging from the manner that the slaves were treated by both master and mistress.  Lewis was a Baptist, and belonged to the second church.  Twelve hundred dollars had been offered for him.  He left his father (Judville), and his brother, John Harris, both slaves.  In view of his prospects in Canada, Lewis’ soul overflowed with pleasing anticipations of freedom, and the Committee felt great satisfaction in assisting him.

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