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‘ [195] be such a hypocrite as to betray the confidence this poor woman has reposed in me, by placing her in the power of her master, in the way thou hast proposed?’

Mr. Wiltbank then requested that a message might be conveyed to the woman, exhorting her to return, and promising that no notice whatever would be taken of her offence.

‘She shall be informed of thy message, if that will be any satisfaction to thee,’ replied Friend Hopper; ‘but I am perfectly sure she will never voluntarily return into slavery.’

Dr. Rich and Mr. Wiltbank called in the evening, and were told the message had been delivered to the woman, but she refused to return. ‘She is in your house now,’ exclaimed Dr. Rich. ‘I can prove it; and if you don't let me see her, I will commence a suit against you to-morrow, for harboring my slave.’

‘I believe Solomon Low resides in thy neighborhood,’ said Friend Hopper. ‘Art thou acquainted with him?’

Being answered in the affirmative, he said, ‘Solomon Low brought three such suits as thou hast threatened. They cost him seventeen hundred dollars, which I heard he was unable to pay. But perhaps thou hast seventeen hundred dollars to spare?’

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