A local spy named William Padgett sends a note to Maryland slaveholder Edward Gorsuch informing him that his four slaves who had run away in November 1849 are living near Christiana, Pennsylvania. Padgett (who signs the letter "William M.P.") warns Gorsuch to come "as a hunter, disguised" and advises him to get U.S. Deputy Marshal John Nagle to assist. (By Matthew Pinsker)
Thomas P. Slaughter, Bloody Dawn: The Christiana Riot and Racial Violence in the Antebellum North (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991), 18-19.