Still, William, Underground Rail Road:
A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, Etc.

Porter & Coales, Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 1872
Call Number: 1400, MSA L1117

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Still, William, Underground Rail Road:
A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, Etc.

Porter & Coales, Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 1872
Call Number: 1400, MSA L1117

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ARRIVAL FROM MARYLAND, 1859. 601 imagine plans by which he could get them off than to incur the hazard of going back to Maryland; therefore he remained in freedom. CHAELES Boss iwas clearly of the opinion that he was free-born, but that he had been illegally held in Slavery, as were all his brothers and sisters, by a man named Eodgers, a farmer, living near Greensborough, in Caroline county, M<3. Very good reasons were given by Charles for the charge which he'made against Eodgers, and it went far towards establishing the fact, that " colored men had no rights which white men were bound to respect," in Maryland. Although he was only twenty-three years of age, he had fully weighed the matter of his freedom, and appeared firmly set against Slavery. WILLIAM JOHNSON was owned by a man named John Boeley, a farmer, living near Gun Powder Neck, Maryland. One morning he, unexpectedly to William, gave him a terrible eowhiding, which, contrary to the master's designs, made him a firm believer in the doctrine of immediate abolition, and he thought, that from that hour he must do something against the systemó if nothing more than to go to Canada. This determination was so strong, that in a few weeks afterwards he found himself on the Underground Rail Road. He left one brother and one sister ; his mother was dead, and of his father's whereabouts he knew nothing. William was nineteen years of age, brown color, smart and good-looking. EDWARD WOOD was a "chattel " from Drummerstown, Accomac county, Virginia, where he had been owned by a farmer, calling himself James White; a man who "drank hard and was very crabbed," and before Edward left owned eleven head of slaves. Edward left a wife and three children, but the strong desire to be free, which had been a ruling passion of his being from early boyhood, rendered it impossible for him to stay, although the ties were very hard to break. Slavery was crushing him hourly, and he felt that he could not submit any longer. CORNELIUS FULLER, and his wife, HARRIET, escaped together from Kent county, Maryland. They belonged to separate masters; Cornelius, it was said, belonged to the Dideu Estate; his wife to Judge Chambers, whose Honor lived in Chester-town. " He is no man for freedom, bless you," said Harriet. " He owned more slaves than any other man in that part of the country; he sells sometimes, and he hired out a great many; would hire them to auy kind of a master, if he half killed you." Cornelias and Harriet were obliged to leave their daughter Kitty, who was thirteen years of age. JOHN PIXKET and Ansal Cannon took the Underground Rail Road cars at New Market, Dorchester county, Maryland. JOHN was a tall young man, of twenty-seven years of age, of an active turn of mind and of a fine black color. He was the property of Maiy Brown, a widow, firmly grounded In the love of Slavery ; believing