Here Friend Hopper
interfered, and observed there was nothing rightfully due to the master; that if justice were done in the case, he ought to pay Daniel
for his labor ever since he was twenty-one years old.
The colored man replied, ‘I was a slave to master Perry's father; and he was kind to me. Master Perry and I are about the same age. We were brought up more like two brothers, than like master and slave.
I can better afford to give him a hundred dollars, than he can afford to do without it. I will go home and get the money, if you will make out the necessary papers while I am gone.’
Surprised and gratified by the nobility of soul manifested in these words, Friend Hopper
said no more to dissuade him from his generous purpose.
He brought one hundred silver dollars, and Perry Boots signed a receipt for it, accompanied by a deed of manumission.
He wished to have it inserted in the deed that he was not to be responsible for the support of the old woman.
objected; saying, ‘Such an agreement would imply that I would not voluntarily support my poor old mother.’
When the business was concluded, he invited his former master and Friend Hopper
to dine with him; saying, ‘We are going to have a pretty good dinner, in honor of the day.’
accepted the invitation; but Friend Hopper
excused himself, on account of an engagement that would detain him till