When Mr. Lewis
heard the particulars of the case, he wrote a polite note to the Virginian
, informing him that his former slave was now free, according to the laws of Pennsylvania
; and cautioning him against any attempt to take him away, contrary to his own inclination.
The lawyer advised Friend Hopper
to call upon the master and have some preparatory conversation with him, before Charles was sent to deliver the note.
He was then only twenty-six years of age, and he felt somewhat embarrassed at the idea of calling upon a wealthy and distinguished stranger, who was said to be rather imperious and irritable.
However, after a little reflection, he concluded it was his duty, and accordingly he did it.
When the Southerner
was informed that his servant was free, and that a lawyer had been consulted on the subject, he was extremely angry, and used very contemptuous language concerning people who tampered with gentlemen's servants.
The young Quaker
‘If thy son were a slave in Algiers
, thou wouldst thank me for tampering with him
to procure his liberty.
But in the present case, I am not obnoxious to the charge thou hast brought; for thy servant came of his own accord to consult me, I merely made him acquainted with his legal rights; and I intend to see that he is protected in them.’
When Charles delivered the lawyer's note, and his