by Friend Hopper
himself, and published in newspapers, under the title of ‘Tales of Oppression.’
I have re-modelled them all; partly because I wished to present them in a more concise form, and partly because the principal actor could be spoken of more freely by a third person, than he could speak of himself.
Moreover, he had a more dramatic way of telling
a story than he had of writing
it; and I have tried to embody his unwritten style as nearly as I could remember it. Where-ever incidents or expressions have been added to the published narratives, I have done it from recollection.
The facts, which were continually occurring within Friend Hopper
's personal knowledge, corroborate 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