Your story in a basic way resembles William and Ellen Crafts. Your mistreatment may have been more severe but your flight to freedom shows ingenuity. Having the papers to sail on the ship from the mysterious black seaman seems to have been your saving grace. I am surprised they did not check these better. Your decision to tour Ireland after the printing of your biography may have been prudent as your ex-owner, Hugh Auld may have attempted to recover you. Your story is memorable; it shows what can be accomplished. From beaten and whipped slave to the first African American to receive a nomination for Vise-President of the United States. I applaud an indomitable spirit!!