After many meetings, the group finally had a plan. “Alright Frederick what is our plan, the sun is going to rise soon.” asked John. “Listen up everyone!” said Frederick. “We finally have put together a plan to get out of this captivity! On the Saturday night before Easter, we will get a large canoe, belonging to Mr. Hamilton. Henry and John will acquire that. Then will will paddle directly up the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay.” After Frederick finished everyone cheered. They were finally going to get to leave the prison they have been in for far too long. Frederick wrote protection passes for everyone who would be leaving, to avoid the situation of the slaves being returned to captivity if they were caught.
As the tumultuous sound of the morning bell filled the air, Frederick headed up the plantation for breakfast. While walking up he saw four unfamiliar white men talking with two colored men. When Frederick snapped out of his confused haze, Mr. Freeland was calling his name. “Frederick, there are some gentlemen at the door who wish to speak with you and some of the other slaves.” Mr. Freeland said, sounding almost as confused as Fredrick felt. Though when he went up to the men he was instantly grabbed and tied. They seized and lashed his hands uncomfortably together. “We have heard you have been dealing words of freedom to other slaves on this working plantation.” one of the police said. “We are going to need to ask you some questions” The other said as they pulled Frederick along into a room. Soon they managed to tie John but Henry refused. “I won’t be tied!” he said. The police pulled out their pistols and one of them spoke, “Cross your arms or we’ll shoot!” Henry gave in and was too tied. Thankfully during the struggle of getting Henry tied, Frederick was able to get the evidence of his protection pass and throw it into the fire without being discovered. Since the police never conducted a search, the slaves were not yet accused of trying to escape.
Frederick and the other slaves were taken to a prison where they would wait until they were completely proven guilty or not guilty. Though after the well majority of a week, Frederick’s old master, who sent him to work with Mr. Freeland, arrived. Master Auld, Frederick’s master, was able to get Frederick out of the jail. He then decided to send him to Alabama. Frederick was ready to go when he changed his mind last minute and decided to send Frederick back to Baltimore to live with Mr. Auld’s brother, Hugh and learn a ship trade. Frederick was not yet successful in his plan to escape. Yes he lost some hope, but he won’t give up. He knew he was not going to die a slave. On the way to Baltimore he began thinking of another escape route.