A white abolionist, Chaplin (c1795-1871) was an admirer of Rev. Charles Torrey, a martyr to the Underground Railroad. After Torrey's death in prison, Chaplin took over DC Underground Railroad activities and worked across racial lines; he funneled money from Williiam Seward in NY to organizers of the Pearl escape. He was caught with fleeing bondsmen of a southern senator and congressman in 1850, and charged in DC with theft and in MD with intent to kill. Gerrit Smith and David A. Hall put up bond money which Chaplin forfeited to avoid prison. He returned to NY.