first salutation was, ‘Where can I find that ungrateful villain Dan
I will take him home in irons.’
replied, ‘Thou wilt find thyself relieved from such an unpleasant task; for I can easily convince thee that the law sustains thy slave in taking his freedom.’
Reading the law did not satisfy him. He said he would consult a lawyer, and call again.
When he returned, he found Daniel
waiting to see him; and he immediately began to upbraid him for being so ungrateful.
replied, ‘Master Perry, it was not justice
that made me your slave.
It was the law;
and you took advantage of it. Now, the law makes me free; and ought you to blame me for taking the advantage which it offers me?
But suppose I were not free, what would you be willing to take to manumit me?’
His master, somewhat softened, said, ‘Why, Dan
, I always intended to set you free some time or other.’
‘I am nearly forty years old,’ rejoined his bondsman, ‘and if I am ever to be free, I think it is high time now. What would you be willing to take for a deed of manumission?’
answered, ‘Why I think you ought to give me a hundred dollars.’
‘Would that satisfy you, master Perry?
Well, I can pay you a hundred dollars,’ said Daniel