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Isaac Maris to F. G. Adams

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Nortonville, Kansas, July 22, 1895.
F. G. Adams, Topeka, Kansas.
Dear Sir,
Your letter of the 17th inst received, but do not know as I can give you much infermation that will be of interest to you or others. There was a Mr. Million that lived out a mile and a half or two miles South west of Atchison that had five or six and perhaps more slaves in 1857, and he kept them I think until about 1859. Mr. Hayse living some

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mile and a half S. E. of now Cummings, and eleven miles S. W. of Atchison, had two or three slaves in 1857 and 1858, and Mr. Newby of Missouri had land on Crooked Creek, five miles east of Nortonville at the above date, and had, as near as I can remember, some 6 or more slaves. Mr. Green of Monrovia had a collered woman and child. In the fall of 1859 he took them to Atchison on rout to Missouri or south. While waiting at the hotel, Mr. Bird, then of Atchison, but soon after superintendent of the Government Farm at Ft Leavenworth, took her and her child, or was the means of her walking out

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of the hotel and getting on a horse and riding off in broad daylight. She was secreted somewhere in Atchison untill night, when she and her child were brought to Milo Carlinton, near Pardee. About 4 oclock the next morning, while on my way to Atchison, I met her and Mr. Carlinton some two miles S.W. of Pardee, and I should not have known who they were, as it was yet dark, if it had not been for Mr. Carlintons dog. They went on about half a mile further and she and child were secreted through the day in a little dug out under the little house of Lyman Saunders, son of Dennis Saunders. That night at or near nine oclock, arrangements all

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having been made through the day, Amos Taylor, who was dressed up quite well and had on a slikker or plug hat and carried a cain, and was to act as slave holder when the case required it, as it did when they remained at Holton one day and a night while out, and C. J. Buten as servant to drive the team and carrage and they were accompined the most of the first night out with a body guard of 4 or 5 men on horseback. They expected to get her in at the proper place at Topeka, but they were so watched there, that they could not get them in and so had to turn for the N. W. and went as I said, through Holton, and they left them at a station in southern Nebraska and they got safe through to Canada and Mr. Taylor and Buten returned home safe after some 4 days out.
Isaac Maris.

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