John Horse had pinned his hopes on Coacoochee, but with the failure of the treaty, he decided to press his own case. He wanted to travel to Washington again, this time to pursue the exclusive interests of himself and the Black Seminoles. But how could a free black man
safely make his way east traveling through slave territories? As it happened, John
T. Mason was looking for a manservant to accompany him to the capital. In one of the more quixotic decisions of his life, John Horse signed on with Mason to obtain passage.
Sources: Porter Black 116-17.
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