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[192] called upon Isaac T. Hopper to inquire if he knew anything about them. He coolly replied, ‘I believe they are doing very well. From what I hear, to judge it will not be necessary to give thyself any further trouble on their account.’

‘There is no use in trying to capture a runaway slave in Philadelphia,’ rejoined the master. ‘I believe the devil himself could not catch them when they once get here.’

‘That is very likely,’ answered Friend Hopper. ‘But I think he would have less difficulty in catching the masters; being so much more familiar with them.’

Sixty dollars had already been expended in vain; and the slave-holder, having relinquished all hope of tracing the fugitives, finally agreed to manumit the woman for fifty dollars, and her son for seventy-five dollars. These sums were advanced by two citizens friendly to the colored people, and the emancipated slaves repaid them by faithful service.

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