The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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convinced that it was in vain to hope for comfort under such a master.  Moreover, his appetite for liquor, combined with a high temper, rendered him a being hard to please, but easy to excite to a terrible degree.  Scarcely had Edward lived two years with this man (Gay) when he felt that he had lived with him long enough.  Two years previous to his coming into the hands of Gay, he and his wife were both sold; the wife one day and he the next.  She brought eleven hundred and twenty-five dollars, and he eight hundred and thirty-five dollars; thus they were sold and resold as a matter of speculation, and husband and wife were parted.”

After the fugitives had been well cared for by the Committee, they were forwarded on North; but for some reason they were led to stop short of Canada, readily finding employment and going to work to take care of themselves.  How they were received and in what way they were situated, the subjoined letter from Edward will explain: 

    SKANEATELES, Dec. 17, 1857.

DEAR SIR:—­As I promised to let you hear from me as soon as I found a home, I will now fulfill my promise to you and say that I am alive and well and have found a stopping place for the winter.
When we arrived at Syracuse we found Mr. Loguen ready to receive us, and as times are rather hard in Canada he thought best for us not to go there, so he sent us about twenty miles west of Syracuse to Skaneateles, where George Upshur and myself soon found work.  Henry Grimes is at work in Garden about eight miles from this place.

    If you should chance to hear any of my friends inquiring for me,
    please direct them to Skaneateles, Onondaga county, N.Y.

If you can inform me of the whereabouts of Miss Alice Jones I shall be very much obliged to you, until I can pay you better.  I forgot to ask you about her when I was at your house.  She escaped about two years ago.
Please not to forget to inquire of my wife, Rachel Land, and if you should hear of her, let me know immediately, George Upshur and myself send our best respects to you and your family.  Remember us to Mrs. Jackson and Miss Julia.  I hope to meet you all again, if not on earth may we so live that we shall meet in that happy land where tears and partings are not known.

    Let me hear from you soon.  This from your friend and well


    formerly, but now WILLIAM BRADY.

GEORGE UPSHER.—­The third in this arrival was also a full man.  Slavery had robbed him shamefully it is true; nevertheless he was a man of superior natural parts, physically and intellectually.  Despite the efforts of slave-holders to keep him in the dark, he could read and write a little.  His escape in the manner that he did, implied a direct protest against the conduct of Dr. Thomas W. Upsher, of Richmond, Va., whom, he alleged, deprived him of

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