The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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of emancipation, with thankfulness and rejoicing; but upon a little reflection, I did not feel quite satisfied with it; three months seems a long time to be in the power of their angry and cruel masters, who, no doubt, will wreak all their fury and vengeance upon them, killing and abusing them in every way they can—­and sell them to Cuba if they can.  It makes me sad to think of it.  Slavery, I fear, will be a long time in dying, after receiving the fatal stroke.  What do abolitionists think of it? and what is thy opinion?  I feel quite anxious to know something more about it.  The “Daily Press” says, it will end the war and its cause.  How can we be thankful enough if it should, and soon too.  “Oh, praise and tanks,” what a blessing for our country.  I never expected to see the happy day.  If thee answers this, thee will please tell me all about it, and what is thought of it by the wise ones; but I ought not to intrude on thy time, thee has so much on thy hands, nor ask thee to write.  I shall know in time, if I can be patient to wait.
Enclosed are seventeen dollars; from Amy Reckless, $1,50; J. Bassett, $1; Jesse Bond, $1; Martha Reeve, $1; S. Woodnutt, $1; Hannah Wheeler, $1; a colored man, 25 cents; 25 cents thrown in, to make even; A.G., $10.  Amy is very good in helping, and is collecting clothing, which she thinks, cannot be sent till next week.  I will attend to sending it, as soon as can be, by stage driver.  May every success attend thy labors for the poor sufferers. * * *

    With kind regards, thy friend,


Thus, until the last fetter was broken, with singular persistency, zeal, faith and labor, she did what she could to aid the slave, without hope of reward in this world.  Not only did she contribute to aid the fugitives, but was, for years, a regular and liberal contributor to the Pennsylvania Anti-slavery Society, as well as a subscriber to the Anti-slavery papers, The “Liberator,” “National Anti-Slavery Standard,” “Pennsylvania Freeman,” etc.

Having seen with joy, the desire of her heart, in the final emancipation of every bondman in the United States, she departed in peace, November 2, 1867, in the 74th year of her age.


[Illustration:  ABIGAIL GOODWIN]

[Illustration:  THOMAS GARRETT,]

[Illustration:  DANIEL GIBBONS, ]

[Illustration:  LUCRETIA MOTT]


The recent death of Thomas Garrett, called forth from the press, as well as from abolitionists and personal friends, such universal expressions of respect for his labors as a philanthropist, and especially as an unswerving friend of the Underground Rail Road, that we need only reproduce selections therefrom, in order to commemorate his noble deeds in these pages.

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