in search of them.
There they arrested, and claimed as their property, William Bachelor, a free colored man, about sixty years old. A colored man, whom the slave-dealers brought with them, swore before a magistrate that William Bachelor once belonged to a gang of slaves, of which he was overseer; that he had changed his name, but he knew him perfectly well.
William affirmed in the most earnest manner, that he was a free man; but Mr. Ennells
and Captain Frazer
appeared to be such respectable men, and the colored witness swore so positively, that the magistrate granted a certificate authorizing them to take him to Maryland
As they left the office, they were met by Dr. Kinley
, who knew William Bachelor well, and had a great regard for him. Finding that his protestations had no effect with the Marylanders, he ran with all speed to Isaac T. Hopper
, and entering his door almost out of breath, exclaimed, ‘They've got old William Bachelor, and are taking him to the South
, as a slave.
I know him to be a free man. Many years ago, he was a slave to my father, and he manumitted him. He used to carry me in his arms when I was an infant.
He was a most faithful servant.’
inquired which way the party had gone, and was informed that they went toward ‘Gray's Ferry.’
He immediately started in pursuit,