He went immediately to her employer, and told him the story.
‘This is her first offence,’ said he. ‘The girl is young, and she is the only child of a poor widow.
Give her a chance to retrieve this one false step, and she may be restored to society, a useful and honored woman.
I will see that thou art paid for the silk.’
The man readily agreed to withdraw the prosecution, and said he would have dealt otherwise by the girl, if he had known all the circumstances.
‘Thou shouldst have inquired into the merits of the case,’ replied Friend Hopper
‘By this kind of thoughtlessness, many a young creature is driven into the downward path, who might easily have been saved.’
The kind-hearted man next proceeded to the hotel, and with Quaker
simplicity of speech inquired for Henry Stuart
The servant said his lordship had not yet risen.
‘Tell him my business is of importance,’ said Friend Hopper
The servant soon returned and conducted him to the chamber.
The nobleman appeared surprised that a stranger, in the plain Quaker
costume, should thus intrude upon his luxurious privacy.
When he heard his errand, he blushed deeply, and frankly admitted the truth of the girl's statement.
His benevolent visitor took the opportunity to ‘bear a testimony’ against the selfishness and sin of profligacy.
He did it in such a kind and fatherly manner, that the young man's heart was