The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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distance of five miles, to where she lived, to see her.  For this grave crime his master threatened to give him a hundred lashes, and to shoot him; in order to avoid this punishment, he escaped to the woods, etc.  The lapse of a dozen years and recent struggles for an existence, made him think lightly of his former troubles and he would, doubtless, have failed to recall his earlier conflicts but for the desire manifested by the Committee to get all the information out of him they could.

He was next asked, “Had you a wife and family?” “Yes, sir,”. he answered, “I had a wife and eight children, belonged to the widow Slade.”  Harry gave the names of his wife and children as follows:  Wife, Susan, and children, Oliver, Sabey, Washington, Daniel, Jonas, Harriet, Moses and Rosetta, the last named he had never seen.  “Between my mistress and my master there was not much difference.”

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Of his comrades time admitted of writing out only very brief sketches, as follows: 


$100 REWARD.—­Ran away from the subscriber, on the 7th of November, negro slave, EDGAR.  He is 36 years old, 6 feet high, of dark brown complexion, very high forehead, is a little bald, and is inclined to stoop in the shoulders.  Edgar says he was raised in Norfolk county, has worked about Norfolk several years.  I bought him at the Auction house of Messrs. Pulham & Davis, the 20th of July, 1856.  The bill of sale was signed by W.Y.  Milmer for Jas. A. Bilisoly, administrator of G.W.  Chambers, dec’d.  He told one of my negroes he was going to Norfolk to sell some plunder he had there, then go to Richmond, steal his wife, get on board a boat about Norfolk, and go to a free State.  He can read and write well, and I have no doubt he has provided himself with papers of some kind.  He may have purchased the papers of some free negro.  I will give the above reward of One Hundred Dollars to any person who will arrest and confine him, so I can get him.

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    C.H.  GAY.

    My Post office is Laurel, N.C. no. 21.

The above advertisement, which was cut from a Southern paper, brought light in regard to one of the passengers at least.  It was not often that a slave was so fortunate as to get such a long sketch of himself in a newspaper.  The description is so highly complimentary, that we simply endorse it as it stands.  The sketch as taken for the record book is here transcribed as follows: 

“Edward reported himself from Franklin county, N.C., where, according to statement, a common farmer by the name of Carter Gay owned him, under whose oppression his life was rendered most unhappy, who stinted him daily for food and barely allowed him clothing enough to cover his nakedness, who neither showed justice nor mercy to any under his control, the ‘weaker vessels’ not excepted; therefore Edward was

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