June 18, 1859
I have work at one of the local mistresses houses. For a place to live and food, I will sew anything that she asks. I will be staying in the shed on the property. It is small with a dirt floor but it is my own. I brought some quilt pieces that I used to practice and the mistress was very happy with them. Of course she didn't know that they were a map to my freedom. Now they will pay my way. My tiny stitches could barely be seen and that is all that she cared about. I plan to sew for the other ladies in Washington too so I can save some coin for the rest of my journey.
Abram will return for me when he has a journey to the north. I can not believe that he guessed I was a girl. He did not tell anyone on the boat. I had good fortune when I picked that boat even though the journey was long. I do not want to see another oyster in my life. They are so ugly.
From the yard at the house I can see the river and the boats arriving in harbor. It is the perfect spot to wait.
So I will sew and save and wait for Abram to return.
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