Still, W[illia]m, letter, Anti Slavery Office, Philadelphia, December 18, 1852, to Bro. [Peter Still]
Philadelphia Anti Slavery Office
Dec. 18th 1852
My Dear Bro.
I have received, this evening, through the Rev. Samuel J. May of Syracuse, a letter from you, informing me of your whereabouts etc. I was very glad to hear from you especially as I had heard nothing from your since you started out, on your Mission.
You [were] fortunate in falling into the hands of the Rev. S. J. May. He is a true friend of the bondman, and will no doubt be of great service to you.
I often think about you, and most ardently hope you will succeed in rescuing your wife & children from the hands of the tyrant who now holds them. But the price demanded to redeem them, is so monstrously unrighteous. I must confess to you, that I am some times led almost to despair in reference to your accomplishing the object [sought]. But you must not be discouraged - persevere hope on, and the difficulties may yet all be overcome.
As I never told you definitively
how much money I have thought might be raised in Philadelphia, I will do so now. My private opinion is, that $1000 may be raised providing your efforts in N.J. and the East shall prove [encouraging]. I hold myself ready for $50 out of my own little purse.
Enclosed you will find Mr. [McKiernan's] letter. As to Seth Conklin's letters, the Rev. W. H. Furness, [has] them in his possession at this time. He is now writing out some of Mr. Conklin's most indescribably thrilling adventures &c.; however I shall probably see him in the course of a day or two and I will get the one you sent for & mail it to you.
Please write to me soon & let me hear how you have succeeded and what your hopes and prospects are.
Our Anti Slavery Fair closed last evening, consequently [today] finds me very busy, so you must excuse me for not writing more at length.
Our folks in this city – Across[?] in in N.J. are were all well when I last heard from them which was recently.
Your Affectionate Bro.