and pleaded with the judge in his favor.
He urged that the poor child's education had been entirely neglected, and consequently he was more to be pitied than blamed.
If sent to prison, he would in all probability become hardened, if not utterly ruined.
He said if the judge would allow him to take charge of the lad, he would promise to place him in good hands, where he would be out of the way of temptation.
The judge granted his request, and John was placed in prison merely for a few days, till Friend Hopper
could provide for him. He proposed to his father to have the boy bound to him. The old gentleman hesitated at first, on account of his neglected education and wild way of living; but pity for the orphan overcame his scruples, and he agreed to take him. John lived with him till he was twenty-one years of age, and was remarkably faithful and industrious.
But about two years after, a neighbor came one night to arrest him for stealing a horse.
Old Mr. Hopper
assured him it was not possible John had done such a thing; that during all the time he had lived in his family he had proved himself entirely honest and trustworthy.
The neighbor replied that his horse had been taken to Philadelphia
and sold; and the ferryman from Woodbury
was ready to swear that the animal was brought over by Hopper
's John, as he was generally called.
John was in bed, but was called up to answer the accusation.