Friday, June 9, 2017

Reverend Hiram Wilson* to William Still, July 2, 1855

ST. CATHARINE. C. W., July 2d, 1855.

MY DEAR FRIEND, WM. STILL: — Mr. Elias Jasper and Miss Lucy Bell having arrived here safely on Saturday last, and found their “companions in tribulation,” who had arrived before them, I am induced to write and let you know the fact. They are a cheerful, happy company, and very grateful for their freedom. I have done the best I could for their comfort, but they are about to proceed across the lake to Toronto, thinking they can do better there than here, which is not unlikely. They all remember you as their friend and benefactor, and return to you their sincere thanks. My means of support are so scanty, that I am obliged to write without paying postage, or not write at all. I hope you are not moneyless, as I am. In attending to the wants of numerous strangers, I am much of the time perplexed from lack of means ; but send on as many as you can and I will divide with them to the last crumb.

Yours truly,

* Underground Railroad Agent

SOURCE: William Still, The Underground Railroad: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters &c., p. 42

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