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Three hundred dollars reward

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Bayly, Alexander H


Document advertising a three hundred dollar reward for the return of a slave. When slaves ran away, the slave owners would publish such advertisements in the local newspapers, as well as in large cities, like Baltimore, along with posting separate notices. Often large rewards would be offered to make it harder for the fugitive to escape capture. Many fugitives, like Lizzie and Nat Amby were fortunate in evading capture and attaining freedom. Led to safety by Harriet Tubman, the reasons for their journey is recounted in William Still's diary. Still was a free black man whose house in Philadelphia was a central station on the Underground Railroad route. "Nat is no ordinary man. Like a certain other Nat known to history, his honest and independent bearing in every respect was that of a natural hero. He was full black, and about six feet high; of powerful physical pro-portions, and of more than ordinary intellectual capacities. With the strongest desire to make the Port of Canada safely he had resolved to be "carried back," if attacked by the slave hunters, "only as a dead man." He was held to service by John Muir, a wealthy farmer, and the owner of 40 or 50 slaves. "Muir would drink and was generally devilish." Two of Nat's sisters and one of his brothers had been "sold away to Georgia by him." Therefore, admonished by threats and fears of having to pass through the same fiery furnace, Nat was led to consider the U. G....
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1857 10 19
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