husband called upon Isaac T. Hopper
and related all the circumstances, he thought there must be some mistake; for he could not believe that any magistrate would be so unjust and arbitrary, as to commit a woman to prison as a fugitive, when he had seen the money paid for her ransom, and the deed of manumission given.
He went to Mr. Bussier
immediately, and very civilly told him that he had called to make inquiry concerning a colored woman committed to prison as a fugitive slave on the evening previous.
‘Go out of my office!’
said the undignified magistrate.
‘I want nothing to do with you.’
He replied, ‘I come here as the friend and adviser of the woman's husband.
My request is reasonable, and I trust thou wilt not refuse it.’
In answer to this appeal, Mr. Bussier
merely repeated, ‘Go out of my office!’
offered him half a dollar, saying, ‘I want an extract from thy docket.
Here is the lawful fee.’
All this time, Mr. Bussier
had been under the hands of a barber, who was cutting his hair.
He became extremely irritated, and said, ‘If you won't leave this office, I will put you out, as soon as I have taken the seat of justice.’
‘I wish thou wouldst take the seat of justice,’ replied Friend Hopper
; ‘for then I should obtain ’