Frederick Douglass and other slaves made plans to escape Mr. Freeland's Plantation. "We met often, and consulted frequently, and told our hopes and fears, recounted the difficulties, real and imagined, which we should be called on to meet" (Excerpt 4, Frederick Douglass).
Frederick Douglass and Henry, another slave, walk up to the big master's house with their papers. They see constables waiting for them at the house and realize they have been betrayed.
The constables searched Frederick and others for evidence of their plan. Douglass burned his paper in the fire. "Henry inquired of me what he should do with his pass. I told him to eat it with his biscuit, and own nothing; and we passed the word around, 'Own nothing;' and 'Own nothing!' said we all. Our confidence in each other was unshaken.