Under present circumstances, I will take five hundred dollars for him, and not one cent less.’
After considerable discussion, Friend Hopper
urged him to allow his bondman until ten o'clock next morning, to see what could be done among his friends; and he himself gave a written obligation that the man should be delivered up to him at that hour, in case he could not procure five hundred dollars to purchase his freedom.
When the master was gone, Friend Hopper
said to the alarmed fugitive, ‘There now remains but one way for thee to obtain thy freedom.
As to raising five hundred dollars, that is out of the question.
But if thou wilt be prompt and resolute, and do precisely as I tell thee, I think thou canst get off safely.’
‘I will do anything for freedom,’ replied the bondman; ‘for I have made up my mind, come what may, that I never will go back into slavery.’
‘Very well then,’ rejoined his friend.
‘Don't get frightened when the right moment comes to act; but keep thy wits about thee, and do as I tell thee.
Thy master will come here to-morrow at ten o'clock, according to appointment.
I must deliver thee up to him, and receive back the obligation for one thousand dollars, which I have given him. Do thou stand with thy back against the door, which opens from this room into the parlor.
When he has returned ’