The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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Quite a satisfactory account is given, in the letter below of the “Irishman who was shot in the forehead;” also of one of the same kin, who in meddling with Underground Rail Road passengers, got his arm broken in two places, etc.

    WILMINGTON, 11th mo. 14th, 1857.

    ESTEEMED FRIEND, WM. STILL:—­Thy favor of a few days since came
    to hand, giving quite a satisfactory account of the large

I find in the melee near this town, one of the Irishmen got his arm broken in two places.  The one shot in the forehead is badly marked, but not dangerously injured.  I learn to-day, that the carriage in that company, owing to fast driving with such a heavy load, is badly broken, and the poor horse was badly injured; it has not been able to do anything since.
Please say to my friend, Rebecca Hart, that I have heretofore kept clear of persuading, or even advising slaves to leave their masters till they had fully made up their minds to leave, knowing as I do there is great risk in so doing, and if betrayed once would be a serious injury to the cause hereafter.  I had spoken to one colored man to try to see him, but he was not willing to risk it.  If he has any desire to get away, he can, during one night, before they miss him, get out of the reach of danger.  Booth has moved into New Castle, and left the two boys on the farm.  If Rebecca Hart will write to me, and give me the name of the boy, and the name of his mother, I will make another effort.  The man I spoke to lives in New Castle, and thinks the mother of the boy alluded to lives between here and New Castle.  The young men’s association here wants Wendell Phillips to deliver a lecture on the lost arts, and some of the rest of us wish him to deliver a lecture on Slavery.  Where will a letter reach him soonest, as I wish to write him on the subject.  I thought he could perhaps deliver two lectures, two nights in succession.  If thee can give the above information, thee will much oblige—­


In his business-like transactions, without concealment, he places matters in such a light that the wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err, as may here be seen.

    WILMINGTON, 11th mo. 25th, 1857.

ESTEEMED FRIEND, WM. STILL:—­I now send Johnson, one of our colored men, up with the three men I wrote thee about.  Johnson has undertook to have them well washed and cleaned during the day.  And I have provided them with some second-hand clothes, to make them comfortable, a new pair of shoes and stockings, and shall pay Johnson for taking care of them.  I mention this so that thee may know.  Thee need not advance him any funds.  In the present case I shall furnish them with money to pay their fare to Philadelphia, and Johnson home again.  Hoping they will get on safe, I remain thy friend,



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