The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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A Reward of $2250. will be given for my negroes if taken out of the State of Maryland and lodged in Cambridge or Baltimore Jail, so that I can get them or a fair proportion for any part of them.  And including Joe Viney’s reward $2650.00.

    At the same time eight other negroes belonging to a neighbor of
    mine ran off, for which a reward of $1400.00 has been offered
    for them.

If you should want any information, witnesses to prove or indentify the negroes, write immediately on to me.  Or if you should need any information with regard to proving the negroes, before I could reach Philadelphia, you can call on Mr. Burroughs at Martin & Smith’s store, Market Street, No 308.  Phila and he can refer you to a gentleman who knows the negroes.

    Yours &c SAML.  PATTISON.

This letter was in answer to one written in Philadelphia and signed, “L.W.  Thompson.”  It is not improbable that Mr. Pattison’s loss had produced such a high state of mental excitement that he was hardly in a condition for cool reflection, or he would have weighed the matter a little more carefully before exposing himself to the U.G.R.R. agents.  But the letter possesses two commendable features, nevertheless.  It was tolerably well written and prompt.

Here is a wonderful exhibition of affection for his contented and happy negroes.  Whether Mr. Pattison suspended on suddenly learning that he was minus fifteen head, the writer cannot say.  But that there was a great slave hunt in every direction there is no room to doubt.  Though much more might be said about the parties concerned, it must suffice to add that they came to the Vigilance Committee in a very sad plight—­in tattered garments, hungry, sick, and penniless; but they were kindly clothed, fed, doctored, and sent on their way rejoicing.

Daniel Stanly, Nat Amby, John Scott, Hannah Peters, Henrietta Dobson, Elizabeth Amby, Josiah Stanly, Caroline Stanly, Daniel Stanly, jr., John Stanly and Miller Stanly (arrival from Cambridge.) Daniel is about 35, well-made and wide-awake.  Fortunately, in emancipating himself, he also, through great perseverance, secured the freedom of his wife and six children; one child he was compelled to leave behind.  Daniel belonged to Robert Calender, a farmer, and, “except when in a passion,” said to be “pretty clever.”  However, considering as a father, that it was his “duty to do all he could” for his children, and that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, Daniel felt bound to seek refuge in Canada.  His wife and children were owned by “Samuel Count, an old, bald-headed, bad man,” who “had of late years been selling and buying slaves as a business,” though he stood high and was a “big bug in Cambridge.”  The children were truly likely-looking.

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