Boston (MA) Herald, “The Fugitive Slaves from Georgia,” January 27, 1849

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    "The Fugitive Slaves from Georgia," Boston (MA) Herald, January 27, 1849, p. 3: 2.
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    Sayo Ayodele, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    THE FUGITIVE SLAVES FROM GEORGIA  - The two fugitive slaves from Georgia, William Crafts and Ellen his wife, whose singular escape from slavery was narrated last Monday evening were present at the Anti-Slavery meeting, in Faneuil Hall, night before last, and occupied the attention of the audience for the greater part of the evening. William narrated the plan of their escape, and the manner of its execution, which was substantially the same as we gave it to the public on Monday. 

    Ellen, the wife, is perfectly white, and has so little appearance of having African blood in her veins, that no common observer would suspect the fact. Her manners are very lady-like, and she appeared perfectly self-possessed. She is, withal, very pretty, and resembles a brunette in complexion. William, however, is as dark as the general run of negroes, and he does not possess the same degree of intelligence as his wife. Ellen it will be remembered, dressed herself in a man's clothes, and passed as the master of her husband, (white women act differently, and wear the breeches without dispensing with the petticoat,) and not knowing how to write, put her arm in a sling as though it was injured, and thus escaped detection while in the slave states, and after a journey of four days they arrived in Philadelphia. The boldness of the conception, and the presence of mind shown in the execution of their plan, clearly indicates that they possess a far greater amount of intelligence than is usually found in the African race.

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