An accounting of money given him: "Miss Porter, $29.00 (including $4.00 brought me by Mrs. Rhoads. This has been thus expended: 5 Men to London. C. M. sundry times $17.50, 4 Men and one Boy to Toronto $13.50, 1 Woman to Hamilton, $3.50 and 1 Man to Chatham $4.00 . . . Rochester July 24 (22 crossed out) 1857, W.J. Watkins." Watkins was a black UGRR conductor who moved from Toronto to Rochester in 1853 to become an associate editor of Frederick Douglass's Newspaper. A free black, active in abolitionist politics in Baltimore, Watkins first moved to Canada in 1852, where he had a successful grocery. It is not clear how the money was spent. $17.50 would not pay for passage for 5 men.
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