When Dr. Rich
called again, he was received politely, and the first inquiry was how he had succeeded in his efforts to procure a search-warrant.
He replied, ‘The magistrate refused to grant one.’
‘Perhaps Joseph Reed
, the Recorder
, would oblige thee in that matter,’ said Friend Hopper
The answer was, ‘I have been to him, and he declines to interfere.’
It was then suggested that it might be well to retain a lawyer with a portion of the seventeen hundred dollars he said he had to spare.
‘I have been to Mr. Broome
,’ rejoined the doctor.
‘He tells me that you understand the law in such cases as well as he does; and he advises me to let the matter alone.’
‘I will give thee permission to search my house,’ said Friend Hopper
; ‘and I have more authority in that matter than any magistrate, judge
, or lawyer, in the city.’
‘That is very gentlemanly,’ replied the doctor; ‘but I infer from it that the woman is not in your house.’
He was again assured that she was not; and they fell into some general discourse on the subject of slavery.
‘Suppose you came to Maryland
and lost your horse,’ said the Doctor
‘If you called upon me, and I told you that I knew where he was, but would not inform you, would you consider yourself ’