acute perception of the slightest flaw in a document, or imperfection in evidence, always attracted notice in the courts he attended.
Judges and lawyers often remarked to him, ‘Mr. Hopper
, it is a great pity you were not educated for the legal profession.
You have such a judicial mind.’
Mr. William Lewis
, an eminent lawyer, offered him every facility for studying the profession.
‘Come to my office and use my library whenever you please,’ said he; ‘or I will obtain a clerkship in the courts for you, if you prefer that.
Your mind is peculiarly adapted to legal investigation, and if you would devote yourself to it, you might become a judge before long.’
But Friend Hopper
could never overcome his scruples about entering on a career of worldly ambition.
He thought he had better keep humble, and resist temptations that might lead him out of the plainness and simplicity of the religious Society to which he belonged.
As for the colored people of Philadelphia
, they believed in his infallibility, as devout Catholics
believe in the Pope
They trusted him, and he trusted them; and it is remarkable in how few instances he found his confidence misplaced.
The following anecdote will illustrate the nature of the relation existing between him and that much abused race.
Prince Hopkins, a wood-sawyer of Philadelphia
, was claimed as a fugitive slave by John Kinsmore