A serious stampede of slaves took place from Richmond, Va., on Saturday night. Five likely and valuable slaves made off to parts unknown, one of them taking $1,500 of his master' money with him. The Richmond Dispatch says it is very evident from the number of slaves that have escaped within a short time past, that they have the assistance of abolition emissaries. The slaves of course cannot be supposed to run away from happiness "of their own motion." They are probably victims of misplaced confidence in the truth of a celebrated "rhetorical flourish."
Worcester (MA) Spy, February 7, 1855, p. 3.