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A few months after these transactions, the slave called to see Friend Hopper. He laughed till he could hardly stand, while he described the method he had taken to elude his old master, and the comical scene that followed with him and the constable. ‘I knew his weak side,’ said he. ‘I knew where to touch him.’

Friend Hopper inquired whether he was not aware that it was wrong to tell falsehoods, and to get men drunk.

‘I suppose it was wrong,’ he replied. ‘But liberty is sweet; and none of us know what we would do to secure it, till we are tried.’

He afterward returned to Philadelphia, where he supported his family comfortably, and remained unmolested.

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