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Fleeing Fifteen Year Old, Underground Railroad Maria Weems!

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 It being understood that "Joe" was to act as coachman in passing out of Washington. Everything having been duly arranged, the doctor's horse and carriage stood waiting before the White House.

The Dr.,  added, that he was "liable to vertigo,"  and for this reason he must have his boy "Joe" sleep in the room with him. The Dr. was soon in bed, sleeping soundly, and "Joe," in his new coat and pants, wrapped up in the bed quilt, in a corner of the room quite comfortably.

 In the morning he called for "Joe", with the fleetness of a young deer, he jumped into the carriage, took the reins and whip, whilst the doctor and William Penn were cordially shaking hands and bidding adieu. This done, the order was given to Joe, "drive on." Joe bravely obeyed. The faithful horse trotted off willingly, and the doctor sat in his carriage as composed as though he had succeeded in procuring an honorable and lucrative office from the White House.


Join The Gist of Freedom with historian Stephen Clark Harvey as we continue the reading of William Still's Book The Underground Railroad, The escape of one of The Underground Railroad's youngest passengers, fifteen year old Maria Ann Weems!  

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