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‘ [119] 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.’

Friend Hopper 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

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