Just as Frederick Douglass and his friends were about to escape they were betrayed. They were captured before they had even had a chance to leave the plantation. They did not know who betrayed them. During Douglass and his friends capture there was a struggle and Douglass threw his pass into the fire. He knew being caught with the pass would mean a torturous death for sure.
Frederick Douglass wrote passes to help them escape and to become free people. The passes said they were allowed to travel. Douglass signed the permission slips with his master’s name. If they got caught it would seem like they had permission to travel. If Douglass hadn’t thought of the permission slips it would have been more risky to escape.
Douglass told the other slaves with him to eat their passes in their biscuits so they would not be caught with them. Douglass was sent to prison for one week. While in prison Douglass “expected to have been safe in a land of freedom; but now was covered with gloom, sunk down to the utmost despair. I thought the possibility of freedom was gone” p. 85. At the end of the week his master came to get him and then sent him back to his brother’s plantation in Baltimore to learn a trade. Even though Douglass was caught this time he was able to become free and become an abolitionist later in his life.