His new clothes were well spattered, and his red-top boots loaded with mud; but though he prided himself on keeping his apparel in neat condition, he thought he had got off cheaply on this occasion.
Soon after he went to reside in Philadelphia
, a sea captain by the name of Cox
came to his uncle's on a visit.
As the captain was one day passing through Norris Alley, he met a young colored man, named Joe, whose master he had known in Bermuda
He at once accused him of being a runaway slave, and ordered him to go to the house with him. Joe called him his old friend, and seemed much pleased at the meeting.
He said he had been sent from Bermuda
in a vessel, which he named; he had obtained permission to go a few miles into the country, to see his sister, and while he was gone, the vessel unfortunately sailed; he called upon the consignee and asked what he had better do under the circumstances, and he told him that his captain had left directions for him to go to Philadelphia
and take passage home by the first vessel.
was entirely satisfied with this account.
He said there was a vessel then in port, which would sail for Bermuda
in a few days, and told Joe he had better go and stay with him at Mr. Tatem
's house, while he made inquiries about it.
When Isaac entered the kitchen that evening, he found Joe sitting there, in a very disconsolate attitude;