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[194] him, and after relating the circumstances of the case, inquired whether he had seen the fugitive. In reply, he made a frank statement of the interview he had with her, and of her fixed determination to obtain her freedom. The clergyman reproached her with ingratitude, and said she had always been treated with great kindness.

‘The woman herself gives a very different account of her treatment,’ replied Friend Hopper; ‘but be that as it may, I cannot blame her for wishing to obtain her liberty.’

He asked if Friend Hopper knew where she then was; and he answered that he did not. ‘Could you find her, if you tried?’ inquired he.

‘I presume I could do it very easily,’ rejoined the Quaker. ‘The colored people never wish to secrete themselves from me; for they know I am their true friend.’

Mr. Wiltbank then said, ‘If you will cause her to be brought to your house, Dr. Rich and myself will come here at eight o'clock this evening. You will then hear her ask her master's pardon, acknowledge the kindness with which she has always been treated, and express her readiness to go home with him.’

Friend Hopper indignantly replied, ‘I have no doubt that fear might induce her to profess all thou hast said. But what trait hast thou discovered in my character, that leads thee to suppose I would ’

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