1 I looked forward to a time at which it would be safe for me to escape.
2 He unhesitatingly refused my request, and told me this was another stratagem by which to escape.
3 I now come to that part of my life during which I planned, and finally succeeded in making, my escape from slavery.
4 I could not hope to get off with any thing less than the severest punishment, and being placed beyond the means of escape.
5 To escape punishment was to escape accusation; and few slaves had the fortune to do either, under the overseership of Mr. Gore.
6 I suppose he thought I was never better satisfied with my condition than at the very time during which I was planning my escape.
7 White men have been known to encourage slaves to escape, and then, to get the reward, catch them and return them to their masters.
8 It is my opinion that thousands would escape from slavery, who now remain, but for the strong cords of affection that bind them to their friends.
9 But in spite of him, and even in spite of myself, I continued to think, and to think about the injustice of my enslavement, and the means of escape.
10 I will now proceed to the statement of those facts, connected with my escape, for which I am alone responsible, and for which no one can be made to suffer but myself.
11 I bent myself to devising ways and means for our escape, and meanwhile strove, on all fitting occasions, to impress them with the gross fraud and inhumanity of slavery.
12 I was ever on the look-out for means of escape; and, finding no direct means, I determined to try to hire my time, with a view of getting money with which to make my escape.
13 I honor those good men and women for their noble daring, and applaud them for willingly subjecting themselves to bloody persecution, by openly avowing their participation in the escape of slaves.
14 I, however, can see very little good resulting from such a course, either to themselves or the slaves escaping; while, upon the other hand, I see and feel assured that those open declarations are a positive evil to the slaves remaining, who are seeking to escape.
15 Secondly, such a statement would most undoubtedly induce greater vigilance on the part of slaveholders than has existed heretofore among them; which would, of course, be the means of guarding a door whereby some dear brother bondman might escape his galling chains.
16 It would afford me great pleasure indeed, as well as materially add to the interest of my narrative, were I at liberty to gratify a curiosity, which I know exists in the minds of many, by an accurate statement of all the facts pertaining to my most fortunate escape.
17 Mr. Ruggles was then very deeply engaged in the memorable Darg case, as well as attending to a number of other fugitive slaves, devising ways and means for their successful escape; and, though watched and hemmed in on almost every side, he seemed to be more than a match for his enemies.
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