He was accordingly committed to prison, to answer at the next court of Sessions.
It was customary to examine prisoners before they were locked up, and take whatever was in their pockets, to be restored to them whenever they were discharged.
strongly objected to this proceeding; and when they searched him they found more than fifty advertisements for runaway slaves; a fact which made the nature of his business sufficiently obvious.
, had a serious conversation with him in prison, during which he stated that he was to have received forty-five dollars for restoring the slave to his master.
told him if he would give an order upon Mr. Peacock
for that amount, to go toward buying the slave's freedom, he should be released from confinement, on condition of leaving the city forthwith.
He agreed to do so, and the money was paid.
But the slave was found to be in debt more than his small house was worth, and the price for his ransom was so exorbitantly high, that it was impossible to raise it. Under these circumstances, Friend Hopper
thought it right to return the forty-five dollars to David Lea
; but he declined receiving it. He would take only three dollars, to defray his expenses home; and gave the following written document concerning the remainder:
I request Isaac T. Hopper to pay the money received from the order, which I gave