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Life, Including His Escape and Struggle for Liberty, of Charles A. Garlick, Born a Slave in Old Virginia, Who Secured his Freedom by Running Away from his Master's Farm in 1843
			

8         LIFE OF CHARLES A. GARLICK.

work and homes among the free soil farmers in the
vicinity of Mr. Marshall's. Many incidents of hard-
ship and danger which they encountered during their
journey northward  are remembered, among  which
are the following:
  On my return from Oberlin,  I had for a stage
companion a  rabid  slave-holder from Texas, who
claimed to own three plantations stocked with "nig-
gers" and said he wanted more. We left him at
Rocky River where the stage changed horses, and we
breathed easier for his absence.  William Hunt, an
ex-slave who was a porter on a river steamer, but
who gave his master the slip, was also a passenger on
the stage with me from Oberlin.
  He bought a few acres of land of Mr. Garlick, but
not being a success at farming, and fearing the re-
sults of the Fugitive slave law, he sold his land back
to Garlick and went to Canada. I never heard from
him, but this same law caused me to dispose of some
land I had purchased.
  After the death of my benefactor, Mr. Garlick, in
1852, the old  home was  sold, and I, fearing the
Fugitive Slave Law emigrated  to Canada    During
the winter I chopped steamboat wood, and in the
spring I determined to return to the states, and take
my chances.
  April 5, 1853, I embarked at Amherstburg, then
called Fort Malden, on the steamer Cleveland, bound
for the city of the same name, then a moderate sized




			
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