Frances Watkins Harper to William Still, January 1, 1857

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    William Still, The Underground Rail Road (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872), 761-762.
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    Yesterday I sent you thirty dollars. Take five of it for the rescuers (who were in prison), and the rest pay away on the books. My offering is not large; but if you need more, send me word. Also how comes on the Underground Rail Road? Do you need anything for that? You have probably heard of the shameful outrage of a colored man or boy named Wagner, who was kidnapped in Ohio and carried across the river and sold for a slave. * * * Ohio has become a kind of a negro hunting ground, a new Congo's coast and Guinea's shore. A man was kidnapped almost under the shadow of our capital. Oh, was it not dreadful? * * * Oh, may the living God prepare me for an earnest and faithful advocacy of the cause of justice and right!

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