and watching him closely he observed tears now and then trickling down his dark cheeks.
He thought of poor old Mingo
, whose pitiful story had so much interested him in boyhood, and caused him to form a resolution to be the friend of Africans.— The more he pondered on the subject, the more he doubted whether Joe was so much pleased to meet his ‘old friend,’ as he had pretended to be. He took him aside and said, ‘Tell me truly how the case stands with you. I will be your friend; and come what will, you may feel certain that I will never betray you.’
Joe gave him an earnest look of distress and scrutiny, which his young benefactor never forgot.
Again he assured him, most solemnly, that he might trust him. Then Joe ventured to acknowledge that he was a fugitive slave, and had great dread of being returned into bondage.
He said his master let him out to work on board a ship going to New-York
He had a great desire for freedom, and when the vessel arrived at its destined port, he made his escape, and travelled to Philadelphia
, in hopes of finding some one willing to protect him. Unluckily, the very day he entered the City of Brotherly Love
he met his old acquaintance Captain Cox
; and on the spur of the moment he had invented the best story he could.
Isaac was then a mere lad, and he had been in Philadelphia
too short a time to form many acquaintances;