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Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, Preface. (search)
roborate the pictures of slavery drawn by Mrs. Stowe. Her descriptions are no more fictitious, than the narratives written by Friend Hopper. She has taken living characters and facts of every-day occurrence, and combined them in a connected story, radiant with the light of genius, and warm with the glow of feeling. But is a landscape any the less real, because there is sunshine on it, to bring out every tint, and make every dew-drop sparkle? Who that reads the account here given of Daniel Benson, and William Anderson, can doubt that slaves are capable of as high moral excellence, as has ever been ascribed to them in any work of fiction? Who that reads Zeke, and the Quick Witted Slave, can pronounce them a stupid race, unfit for freedom? Who that reads the adventures of the Slave Mother, and of poor Manuel, a perpetual mourner for his enslaved children, can say that the bonds of nature are less strong with them, than with their more fortunate white brethren? Who can question
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, Contents. (search)
Ridgeway, 38. William Savery, 38. His early Religious Experience, 43. Letter from Joseph Whitall, 44. He marries Sarah Tatum, 46. His interest in Colored People, 47. Charles Webster, 48. Ben Jackson, 51. Thomas Cooper, 55. A Child Kidnapped, 66. Wagelma, 70. James Poovey, 73. Romaine, 77. David Lea, 80. The Slave Hunter, 80. William Bachelor, 83. Levin Smith, 88. Etienne Lamaire, 91. Samuel Johnson, 96. Pierce Butler's Ben, 98. Daniel Benson, 104. The Quick-Witted Slave, 108. James Davis, 112. Mary Holliday, 116. Thomas Harrison, 122. James Lawler, 123. William Anderson, 126. Sarah Roach, 129. Zeke, 133. Poor Amy, 137. Manuel, 139. Slaveholders mollified, 145. The United States Bond, 149. The tender mercies of a Slaveholder, 157. The Foreign Slave, 160. The New-Jersey Slave, 164. A Slave Hunter Defeated, 168. Mary Morris, 173. The Slave Mother, 176. Colonel Ridgeley's
Lydia Maria Child, Isaac T. Hopper: a true life, Daniel Benson. (search)
Daniel Benson. Daniel and his mother were slaves to Perry Boots, of Delaware. His master was in the habit of letting him out to neighboring farmers and receiving the wages himself. Daniel had married a free woman, and they had several children, mostly supported by her industry. His mother was old and helpless; and the master, finding it rather burdensome to support her, told Daniel that if he would take charge of her, and pay him forty dollars a year, he might go where he pleased. Then Daniel remarked, I know master Perry loves a little brandy; but I did not like to get brandy; so I bought a quart of Mr. Morris' best wine, and thought perhaps that would do instead. I never drink anything but water myself. Soon after Daniel Benson became a free man, he gave up sawing wood, and opened a shop for the sale of second-hand clothing. He was successful in business, brought up his family very reputably, and supported his mother comfortably to the end of her days. For many ye