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

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ARRIVAL FROM MARYLAND.

ROBERT CARR.

$300 REWARD.—­Ran away from the subscriber, on the 26th December, 1857, Negro Man ROBERT CARR.  He had on when last seen on West River, a close-bodied blue cloth coat with brass buttons, drab pantaloons, and a low crown and very narrow brim beaver hat; he wore a small goatee, is pleasant when spoken to, and very polite; about five feet ten inches high; copper-colored.  I will give $125 if taken in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert or Montgomery county, $150 if taken in the city of Baltimore; or $300 if taken out of the State and secured so that I get him again.

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    THOS.  J. RICHARDSON,

    West River, Anne Arundel county, Maryland.

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Robert was too shrewd to be entrapped by the above reward.  He sat down and counted the cost before starting; then with his knowledge of slaveholders when traveling he was cautious enough not to expose himself by day or night where he was liable to danger.

He had reached the age of thirty, and despite the opposition he had had to encounter, unaided he had learned to read, which with his good share of native intelligence, he found of service.

Whilst Robert did not publish his mistress, he gave a plain statement of where he was from, and why he was found in the city of Brotherly Love in the dead of Winter in a state of destitution.  He charged the blame upon a woman, whose name was Richardson, who, he said, was quite a “fighter, and was never satisfied, except when quarreling and fighting with some of the slaves.”  He also spoke of a certain T.J.  Richardson, a farmer and a “very driving man” who was in the habit of oppressing poor men and women by compelling them to work in his tobacco, corn, and wheat fields without requiting them for their labor.  Robert felt if he could get justice out of said Richardson he would be the gainer to the amount of more than a thousand dollars in money besides heavy damages for having cheated him out of his education.

In this connection, he recalled the fact of Richardson’s being a member of the church, and in a sarcastic manner added that his “religious pretensions might pass among slave-holders, but that it would do him no good when meeting the Judge above.”  Being satisfied that he would there meet his deserts Robert took a degree of comfort therefrom.

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ARRIVAL OF A PARTY OF SIX, 1858.

PLYMOUTH CANNON, HORATIO WILKINSON, LEMUEL MITCHELL, JOSIAH MITCHELL, GEORGE HENRY BALLARD, AND JOHN MITCHELL.

Thomas Garrett announced the coming of this party in the subjoined letter: 

    WILMINGTON, 2 MO. 5th, 1858.

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