Easier Than it Sounds
Extracting Liss from Charleston was harder than it might have seemed, due to the very laws about importing enslaved people that Robert had lobbied to pass. While Liss was enslaved in South Carolina, it became illegal for her to return. Eventually, it appears that the answer was simple. She would be smuggled back to Oyster Bay on one of the Townsend family ships that made regular voyages up the coast.