Phillis: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 12 of 20)
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Ques by same. Was Hanchett often in Massachusetts afterwards? Ans. Not knowingly - not to my knowledge - No, I presume not. Quest by same. Can you assign any probable reason for his avoiding the State? Ans. No, I cant unless it was this negro affair - he never catched the old fox in this state again? Quest by same. What can you say of any excitement in the community in relation to the disappearance of Flora? Ans. The excitement was very strong - very great - everybody was alarmed about it. Quest by same. What was the character of Hanchett? Ans. Well I don't know - rather a rough man - called so. Quest by same. Was Flora ever claimed by any one as a slave? Ans. Never to my knowledge. Quest by same. Did Exeter ever make any journeys with the view to obtain Flora? Ans. Yes. Quest by same. How many and in what direction? Ans. Well I can't tell how many as I know of - he made two or three - he went into York state. I cant tell where - the next into the Jerseys - New Jersey. He had an idea that Hanchett sold her there - but he never could find her.