Narrative of Henry Box Brown: who escaped from slavery… -- Page 55

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Document Title: Narrative of Henry Box Brown: who escaped from slavery enclosed in a box 3 feet long and 2 wide / written from a statement of facts made by himself ; with remarks upon the remedy for slavery by Charles Stearns
Author: Brown, Henry Box, b. 1816
Date: 1849
Page Transcription:
HENRY BOX BROWN. 55 The next day, I stationed myself by the side of the road, along which the slaves, amounting to three hundred and fifty, were to pass. The purchaser of my wife was a Methodist minister, who was about starting for North Carolina. Pretty soon five waggon- loads of little children passed, and looking at the foremost one, what should I see but a little child, pointing its tiny hand towards me, exclaiming, " There 's my father ; I knew he would come and bid me good-bye." It was my eldest child ! Soon the gang approached in which my wife was chained. I looked, and beheld her familiar face; but O, reader, that glance of agony ! may God spare me ever again enduring the excruciating horror of that moment! She passed, and came near to where I stood. I seized hold of her hand, intending to bid her farewell; but words failed me ; the gift of utterance had fled, and I remained speechless. I followed her for some distance, with her hand grasped in mine, as if to save her from her fate, but I could not speak, and I was obliged to turn away in silence. This is not an imaginary scene, reader; it is not a fiction, but an every-day reality at the South ; and all I can say more to you, in reference to it is, that if you will not, after being made acquainted with these facts, consecrate your all to the slaves' release from bondage, you are utterly unworthy the name of a man, and should go and hide yourself, in some impenetrable* cave, where no eye can behold your demon form. One more scene occurs in the tragical history of my life, before the curtain drops, and I retire from the stage of observation, as far as past events are concerned ; not, however, to shrink from public gaze, as
Slavery--Virginia--Personal narratives
Library copy imperfect: text following p. 90 wanting.
Format: image/jp2
Type: Pamphlets
Publisher: Boston / Brown & Stearns
Physical Description: 1 pamphlet: 19 cm.
Number of Pages: 92
Rights: This material is made available for private study, scholarship, and research use. For access to the original photograph or high-resolution image, please contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection (; 215-204-6632).
Language: English
Repository: Temple University Libraries, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
Digital Collection: William Still Collection
Digital Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Libraries
Document ID: BPHX00005