clothes, and walked boldly to the Philadelphia
There she walked up and down the deck, with her arms folded, smoking a cigar, and occasionally passing and repassing the constables who had been sent on board in search of her. These men, having watched till the last moment for the arrival of a colored woman answering to her description, took their departure.
The boat started, and brought the courageous mother safely to Philadelphia
, where Friend Hopper
and others rejoiced over the history of her hair-breadth escape.
A few weeks after, she went to the place where her child had been left, and succeeded in bringing it safely away.
For a short time, her happiness seemed to be complete; but when the first flush of joy and thankfulness had subsided, she began to be harassed with continual fears lest she and her child should be arrested in some evil hour, and carried back into slavery.
By unremitting industry, and very strict economy, she strove to lay by money enough to purchase their freedom.
She had made friends by her good conduct and obliging ways, while her maternal affection and enterprising character excited a good deal of interest among those acquainted with her history.
Donations were occasionally added to her earnings, and a sum was soon raised sufficient to accomplish her favorite project.
Isaac T. Hopper
entered into negotiation with her master, and succeeded