any agency in inducing colored laborers to go with thee.’
Not succeeding in his project, the bankrupt merchant went to New-Jersey
for a time, to reside with his father, who was a worthy and influential member of the Society of Friends.
An innocent, good natured old colored man, a fugitive from Virginia
, had for some time been employed to work on the farm, and the family had become much attached to him. The son who had returned from Carolina
was very friendly with this simple-hearted old servant, and easily gained his confidence.
When he had learned his story, he offered to write to his master, and enable him to purchase his freedom for a sum which he could gradually repay by labor.
The fugitive was exceedingly grateful, and put himself completely in his power by a full statement of all particulars.
The false-hearted man did indeed write to the master; and the poor old slave was soon after arrested and carried to Philadelphia
was sent for, and went to see him in prison.
With groans and sobs, the captive told how wickedly he had been deceived.
‘I thought he was a Quaker, and so I trusted him,’ said he. ‘But I saw my master's agent pay him fifty dollars for betraying me.’
assured him that the deceiver was not a Quaker; and that lie did not believe any Quaker
on the face of the earth would do such an unjust