few restraints upon her. The liberty thus allowed gave her a favorable opportunity to abscond, which she did not fail to improve.
She travelled to Philadelphia
without encountering any difficulties on the road; for her features and complexion excited no suspicion of her being a fugitive slave.
She maintained herself very comfortably by her own industry, and after a time married a light mulatto, who was a very sober industrious man. He was for many years employed by Joshua Humphreys
, a ship-carpenter of great respectability in the District
By united industry and frugality they were enabled to build a small house on a lot they had taken on ground rent.
The furniture was simple, but extremely neat, and all the floors were carpeted.
Every thing indicated good management and domestic comfort.
She had been in Philadelphia
thirteen years, and was the mother of a promising family, when in 1808 she was arrested by her last master, as a fugitive slave.
The Virginian who sold her, and two other persons from the South
, attended as witnesses.
Isaac T. Hopper
also attended, with his trusty friend Thomas Harrison
When the witnesses were examined, her case appeared utterly hopeless; and in private conversation with Friend Hopper
she admitted that she was a slave to the man who claimed her. Mr Humphreys
, pitying the distress of his honest, industrious