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Life of Isaac T. Hopper. Isaac Tatem Hopper was born in Deptford Township, near Woodbury, West New-Jersey, in the year 1771, on the third day of December, which Quakers call the Twelth Month. Isaac Tatem Hopper was born in Deptford Township, near Woodbury, West New-Jersey, in the year 1771, on the third day of December, which Quakers call the Twelth Month. His grandfather belonged to that denomination of Christians, but forfeited membership in the Society by choosing a wife from another sect. His son Levi, the father of Isaac, always attended their mee
last they were compelled to retreat.
She had a daughter, who was often at play with neighbor Hopper's children; and when Levi was quite a small boy, it used to be said playfully that little Rachel nducted his young bride, and there his two first children were born.
The second was named Isaac Tatem Hopper, and is the subject of this memoir.
Rachel inherited her mother's energy and courage, a ania Abolition Society was frequently called upon to protect the rights of colored people.
Isaac T. Hopper became an active and leading member of this association.
He was likewise one of the overse
Charles Webster. in 1797, a wealthy gentleman from Virginia went to spend the winter in Philadelphia, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He had a slave named Charles Webster, whom he took with him as coachman and waiter. When they had been in the city a few weeks, Charles called upon Isaac T. Hopper, and inquired whether he had become free in consequence of his master's bringing him into Pennsylvania. It was explained to him, that if he remained there six months, with his master's knowledge and consent, he would then be a free man, according to the laws of Pennsylvania. The slave was quite disheartened by this information; for he supposed his owner was well acquainted with the law, and would therefore be careful to take him home before that term expired. I am resolved never to return to Virginia, said he. Where can I go to be safe? Friend Hopper told him his master might be ignorant of the law, or forgetful of it. He advised him to remain with the family until he sa