had paid his passage, and claimed him as his slave.
showed the receipts for the passage money, and written directions to forward the three
slaves to New-Jersey
In this dilemma, he asked counsel of a colored man, whom he had formerly known in Guadaloupe; and he immediately conducted him to Isaac T. Hopper
He related the particulars of his case very circumstantially, and the two colored men, who were really the slaves of Anslong, confirmed his statement.
When Friend Hopper
had cautiously examined them, and cross-examined them, he became perfectly satisfied that Etienne was free.
He advised him not to leave the city, and told him to let him know in case Dennis Cottineau
attempted to compel him to do so. He accordingly waited upon that gentleman and told him he had resolved not to submit to his orders to go to New-Jersey
took possession of his trunk, containing his papers and clothing, and caused him to be committed to prison.
A writ of habeas corpus
was procured, and the case was brought before Judge Inskeep
, of the Court of Common Pleas.
It was found to be involved in considerable difficulty.
For while several witnesses swore that they knew Etienne in Guadaloupe, as a free man, in business for himself, others testified that they had known him as the slave of Anslong.
It was finally referred to the Supreme Court, and Etienne