The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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opinion.  For a length of time, the notion of leaving and going to Canada was uppermost in his heart; probably he would have acted with more promptness but for the fact that his wife and child rested with great weight on his mind.  Finally the pressure became so great that he felt that he must leave at all hazards, forsaking wife and child, master and chains.  He was a young man, of about twenty-five years of age, of a dark shade, ordinary build, and full of grit.  His wife was named Amelia; whether she ever afterwards heard from her husband is a question.

Jim, who accompanied Perry, brought the shoe-making art with him.  He had been held a slave under John J. Richards, although he was quite as much a white man as he was black.  He was a mulatto, twenty-nine years of age, well-made, and bore a grum countenance, but a brave and manly will to keep up his courage on the way.  He said that he had been used very well, had no fault to find with John J. Richards, who was possibly a near relative of his.  He forsook his mother, four brothers and three sisters with no hope of ever seeing them again.

Charles bore strong testimony in favor of his master, Blooker W. Hansborough, a farmer, a first-rate man to his servants, said Charles.  “I was used very well, can’t complain.”  “Why did you not remain then?” asked a member of the Committee.  “I left,” answered C., “because I was not allowed to live with my wife.  She with our six children, lived a long distance from my master’s place, and he would not hire me out where I could live near my wife, so I made up my mind that I would try and do better.  I could see no enjoyment that way.”  As the secret of his master’s treatment is here brought to light, it is very evident that Charles, in speaking so highly in his favor, failed to take a just view of him, as no man could really be first-rate to his servants, who would not allow a man to live with his wife and children, and who would persist in taking from another what he had no right to take.  Nevertheless, as Charles thought his master “first-rate,” he shall have the benefit of the opinion, but it was suspected that Charles was not disposed to find fault with his kin, as it was very likely that the old master claimed some of the white blood in his veins.



The coming of Jacob and his companions was welcomed in the usual way.  The marks of Slavery upon them were evident; however they were subjected to the usual critical examination, which they bore with composure, and without the least damage.  The following notes in the main were recorded from their statements: 

Jacob was a stout and healthy-looking man, about twenty-seven years of age, with a countenance indicative of having no sympathy with Slavery.  Being invited to tell his own story, describe his master, etc., he unhesitatingly relieved himself somewhat after this manner; “I escaped from a man by the name of Jesse W. Paten; he was a man of no business, except drinking whiskey, and farming.  He was a light complected man, tall large, and full-faced, with a large nose.  He was a widower.  He belonged to no society of any kind.  He lived near Seaford, in Sussex county, Delaware.”

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