Daniel Robertson to William Still, August 11, 1856

    Source citation
    William Still, The Underground Rail Road (Philadelphia: Poerter & Coates, 1872), 330.
    Author (from)
    Robertson, Daniel
    Date Certainty
    Leah Suhrstedt
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    HAVANA, August 11, 1856, Schuylkill Co., N. Y.

    Mr. WM. STILL - Dear Sir: - I came from Virginia in March, and was at your office the last of March. My object in writing you, is to inquire what I can do, or what can be done to help my wife to escape from the same bondage that I was in. You will know by your books that I was from Petersburg, Va., and that is where my wife now is. I have received two or three letters from a lady in that place, and the last one says, that my wife's mistress is dead, and that she expects to be sold. I am very anxious to do what I can for her before it is too late, and beg of you to devise some means to get her away. Capt. the man that brought me away, knows the colored agent at Petersburg, and knows he will do all he can to forward my wife. The Capt. promised, that when I could raise one hundred dollars for him that he would deliver her in Philadelphia. Tell him that I can now raise the money, and will forward it to you at any day that he thinks that he can bring her. Please see the Captain and find when lie will undertake it, and then let me know when to forward the money to you. I am at work for the Hon. Charles Cook, and can send the money any day. My wife's name is Harriet Robertson, and the agent at Petersburg knows her.

    Please direct your answer, with all necessary directions, to N. Coryell, of this village, and he will see that all is right. Very respectfully,


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