Thomas Garrett to James Miller McKim and William Still, May 11, 1856

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    William Still, The Underground Rail Road (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872), 387.
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    Sayo Ayodele
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    WILMINGTON, 5 mo. 11th, 1856.

    ESTEEMED FRIENDS - McKim and Still: - I purpose sending to-morrow morning by the steamboat a woman and child, whose husband, I think, went some nine months previous to New Bedford. She was furnished with a free passage by the same line her husband came in. She has been away from the person claiming to be her master some five months; we, therefore, think there cannot be much risk at present. Those four I wrote thee about arrived safe up in the neighborhood of Longwood, and Harriet Tubman followed after in the stage yesterday. I shall expect five more from the same neighborhood next trip. Captain Lambdin is desirous of having sent him a book, or books, with the strongest arguments of the noted men of the South against the institution of slavery, as he wishes to prepare to defend himself, as he has little confidence in his attorney. Cannot you send to me something that will be of benefit to him, or send it direct to him? Would not W. Goodell's book be of use? His friends here think there is no chance for him but to go to the penitentiary. They now refuse to let any one but his attorney see him.

    As ever your friend,           THOS. GARRETT.
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