"He had not been treated harshly. He was not contented, however."One always faced the uncertainty of saleto worse conditions far from family.
Mrs. Roberts must have needed money. Miles heard that he was to be sold and "resolved to escape by the first convenience [finding] an agent who communicated his wishes to one of the colored women running as cook or chambermaid on one of the Philadelphia and Richmond steamers, and she was bold enough to take charge of him...."Library of Congress
She "found him a safe berth in one of the closets where the pots and other cooking utensils belonged. It was rather rough and trying, but Miles felt that it was for liberty."
Assisted by Philadelphia's Fugitive Committee he went on to Boston, where he educated himself, worked in food-service and saved his money. He and two friends returned to Philadelphia where "being first-class waiters and understanding catering, they decided to open a large dining saloon."
Was Miles the only fugitive the cook stashed in the pantry? We certainly wish we knew more about the woman "conductor" as William Still termed the people who moved fugitives along the path.
The BlockApple Pie
Apple Pie can remind of us the unknown cook as well as Virginia, where this particular pattern has been called the Apple Pie Ridge design in recent years, named for a neighborhood near Winchester, Virginia.
For the applique figure you are going to need a fat quarter of print as it's cut out of one piece of fabric. Print the pattern on an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet. Note the square inch for scale.