himself so happy, or he would not have left his service.
Even if I had no objection to slavery, I should still be bound by every principle of honor not to betray the confidence reposed in me. But feeling as it is well known I do on that subject, I am surprised thou shouldst make such a proposition to me.’
They then called upon Thomas Harrison
, and tried to enlist him in their favor by repeating how well James had been treated, and how happy he was in slavery.
replied, in his ironical way, ‘O, I know very well that slaves sleep on feather beds
, while their master's children sleep on straw; that they eat white bread, and their master's children eat brown.
But enclose ten acres with a high wall, plant it with Lombardy
poplars and the most beautiful shrubbery, build a magnificent castle in the midst of it, give thee pen, ink, and paper, to write about the political elections in which thou art so much interested, load thee with the best of everything thy heart could desire, still I think thou wouldst want to get out beyond the wall.’
The master, being unable to ascertain where his slave could be found, finally informed Friend Hopper
that he would manumit him on the receipt of one hundred and fifty dollars. Mr. John Hart
, a druggist, generously advanced the sum, and James was indentured to him for the term of five years. Before the contract was concluded, somebody remarked