THE LATE SLAVE STAMPEDE IN NORFOLK – The Boston Transcript has seen a letter from some person in Norfolk, to a respectable colored man of that city, and from it makes the following extract: ' Dear Brother: It is with a heavy heart and wounded spirit I attempt to write these few lines to you. You must be in prayer for us; we are in great trouble at this time. Sayles and Brown have got in trouble in attempting to send five friends North. Sayles made a bargain with Captian Goodrich, master of the schoon Grace Darling, of Boston, to carry them North for $25 a piece, and sent Brown to the captain to make arrangments to put them on board. The captain told Brown to have them on board at 11 o'clock Saturday night. Brown did so, and gave the captain $125. After he received the money, he said to Brown he had forgot something, and he took the boat and came ashore and got the police, and had the people put in jail. The gentleman in Norfolk, are getting up a sum of two hundred dollars for the captain. There were four men and one woman among them. May the Lord stand by them."
"The Late Slave Stampede at Norfolk," Richmond (VA) Daily Dispatch, June 28, 1855, p. 1.