His master was very indignant at the decision, and complained loudly that a Pennsylvania court should presume to discharge a Carolinian slave.
When Ben was set at liberty, he let himself to Isaac W. Morris
, then living at his country seat called Cedar Grove
, three miles from Philadelphia
Being sent to the city soon after, on some business for his employer, he was attached by the marshall of the United States
, on a writ De homine replegiando
, at the suit of Mr. Butler
, and two thousand dollars were demanded for bail.
The idea was probably entertained that so large an amount could not be procured, and thus Ben would again come into his master's possession.
But Isaac T. Hopper
and Thomas Harrison
signed the bail-bond, and Ben was again set at liberty, to await his trial before the Circuit Court of the United States
, himself a slaveholder, presided in that court, and Mr. Butler
was sanguine that he should succeed in having Judge Inskeep
's decision reversed.
The case was brought in October, 1806, before Judges Bushrod Washington
and Richard Peters
It was ably argued by counsel on both sides.
The court discharged Ben, and he enjoyed his liberty thenceforth without interruption.