John Hays to Charles Francis Himes, June 20, 1859
John Hays to Charles Francis Himes, June 20, 1859, Charles Francis Himes Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
This excerpt from a letter between a young attorney and a young college professor who had been friends at Dickinson College illustrates the complicated legal and political realities of Underground Railroad operations along the Mason-Dixon Line. John Hays (Class of 1857) was an attorney who reports here about the dual arrests of fugitives and kidnappers along the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Hays later served in the Union Army during the Civil War and became a prominent businessman in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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"John Hays to Charles Francis Himes, June 20, 1859," Underground Railroad Digital Classroom, Dickinson College, 2008, http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/ugrr/letter_june1859.htm.