determined not to sell the woman on any terms.
I will take her back to Maryland
, and make an example of her.’
‘I hope thou wilt find thyself disappointed,’ rejoined Friend Hopper
The slaveholder merely answered with a malicious smile, as if perfectly sure of her triumph.
Finding himself disappointed in his attempts to purchase the woman, Friend Hopper
resolved to carry the case to a higher court, and accumulate as many legal obstructions as possible.
For that purpose, he obtained a writ De homine replegiando
, and when the suitable occasion arrived, he accompanied Mary Holliday
to the mayor's office, with a deputy sheriff to serve the writ.
When the trial came on, he again urged the insufficiency of proof brought by the claimant.
The mayor replied, in a tone somewhat peremptory, ‘I have already decided that matter.
I shall deliver the slave to her mistress.’
gave the sheriff a signal to serve the writ.
He was a novice in the business, but in obedience to the instructions given him, he laid his hand on Mary's shoulder, and said, ‘By virtue of this writ, I replevin this woman, and deliver her to Mr. Hopper
Her protector immediately said to her, ‘Thou canst now go home with me.’
But her mistress