the subject, being unwilling to offend his lodger.
But the servants were under no such prudential restraint; and from them Friend Hopper
obtained testimony sufficient for his purpose.
He then wrote a note to the alderman that he would be at his office with be lad at nine o'clock next morning, and requesting him to inform the claimant.
In the mean time, he procured a writ of habeas corpus
, to have it in readiness in case circumstances required it. The claimant made his appearance at the appointed hour, and stated how he had come to Philadelphia
on a visit, and brought a slave to attend upon him. He descanted quite largely upon the courtesy due from citizens of one state to those of another state.
was about to reply, when the magistrate interrupted him by saying, ‘I shall not interfere with the citizens of other states.
I shall surrender the boy to his master.
If he thinks he has a legal claim to his freedom, let him prosecute it in New-Jersey
.’ . .
said nothing, but gave a signal to have the writ served.
The magistrate was highly offended, and asked in an angry tone, ‘What was your object in procuring a writ of habeas corpus
replied, ‘Fro my knowledge of thee, I anticipated the result that has just occurred; and I determined to remove the case to a tribunal ’