He insisted upon accompanying me home in the evening, and though I remonstrated against it, on account of his advanced age, he attended me to the door of my lodgings.’
During this visit to Ireland
, Friend Hopper
was treated with great hospitality and respect by many who were wealthy, and many who were not wealthy; by members of the Society of Friends, and of various other religious sects.
He formed a high estimate of the Irish character, and to the day of his death, always spoke with warm affection of the friends he found there.
In his journal, he often alludes with pleasure to the children he met with, in families where he visited; for he was always extremely partial to the young.
Speaking of a visit to a gentleman in the environs of Dublin
, by the name of Wilson
, he says: “I rose early in the morning, and the eldest daughter, about ten or eleven years old, very politely invited me to walk with her. We rambled about in the pastures, and through beautiful groves of oak, beech and holly.
The little creature tried her very best to amuse me. She told me about the birds and the hares, and other inhabitants of the woods.
She inquired whether I did not want very much to see my wife and children; and exclaimed, ‘How I should like to see you meet them!
It would give you so much pleasure!’” He speaks of a little girl in another family, who seemed very much attracted