having his slave taken from him by your instrumentality; so that they dread you, as they do the devil.’
After enjoying a mutual laugh over this epistle, another was written for the public, certifying that he had known Isaac T. Hopper
for many years as ‘a useful and respectable citizen of the fairest character.’
When Friend Hopper
arrived in Ireland
, he found many of the Quakers prejudiced against him, and many untrue stories in circulation, as he had expected.
Sometimes, when he visited public places, he would overhear people saying to each other, in a low voice, ‘That's Isaac T. Hopper
, who has given Friends so much trouble in America
A private letter from an ‘Orthodox’ Quaker
was copied and circulated in all directions, greatly to his disadvantage.
It represented him as a man of sanctified appearance, but wholly unworthy of credit; that business of a pecuniary nature was a mere pretence to cover artful designs; his real object being to spread heretical doctrines in Ireland
, and thus sow dissension among Friends.
In his journal of this visit to a foreign land, Friend Hopper
says: ‘It is astonishing what strange ideas some of them have concerning me. They have been informed that I can find stolen goods, and am often applied to on such occasions.
I think it would be no hard matter to make them believe me a wizard.’
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