they would hunt them up. Friend Hopper
immedilately recognized him as the man who had threatened to blow out his brains, when he went to the rescue of old William Bachelor; and he thus addressed him: ‘I would advise thee to go home and obtain thy living in some more honorable way; for the trade in which thou art engaged is a most odious one.
On a former occasion thou
wert treated with leniency; and I recommend a similar course to thee with regard to these poor fugitives.’
The speculator finally agreed to sell the three men for two hundred and fifty dollars. The money was paid, and he returned home.
In the course of a few days William Anderson
called upon Isaac T. Hopper
He informed him that Thomas Harrison
had bought him and his companions, and told him he had better find the other two, and go and make a bargain with Friend Harrison
concerning the payment.
He called accordingly, and offered to bind himself as a servant until he had earned enough to repay the money that had been advanced; but he said he had searched in vain for the two companions of his flight.
They had left the city abruptly, and he could not ascertain where they had gone.
said to him, ‘Perhaps thou art not aware that thou hast a legal claim to thy freedom already; for I am a citizen of Pennsylvania
, and the laws here do not allow any man to hold a slave.’