Robert Jones to William Still, August 9, 1856

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    William Still, The Underground Rail Road (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872), 272.
    Author (from)
    Jones, Robert
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    Michael Blake
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    HAMILTON, C. W., August 9th, 1856.

    MR. WM. STILL.-Dear Friend:-I take this opportunity of writing you these few lines to inform you of my health, which is good at present, &c. * * * * 

    I was talking to you about going to Liberia, when I saw you last, and did intend to start this fall, but I since looked at the condition of the colored people in Canada. I thought I would try to do something for their elevation as a nation, to place them in the proper position to stand where they ought to stand. In order to do this, I have undertaken to get up a military company amongst them. They laughed at me to undertake such a thing; but I did not relax my energies. I went and had an interview with Major J. T. Gilepon, told him what my object was, he encouraged me to go on, saying that he would do all he could for the accomplishment of my object. He referred to Sir Allan McNab, &c. * * * * I took with me Mr. J. H. Hill to see him-he told me that it should be done, and required us to write a petition to the Governor General, which has been done. * * * * The company is already organized. Mr. Howard was elected Captain; J. H. Hill, 1st Lieutenant; Hezekiah Hill, Ensign; Robert Jones, 1st Sergeant. The company's name is, Queen Victoria's Rifle Guards. You may, by this, see what I have been doing since I have been in Canada. When we receive our appointments by the Government. I will send by express, my daguerreotype in uniform.

    My respects, &c. &c., ROBERT JONES.

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