and one anecdotes of runaway slaves, his descriptions of keen encounters with the ‘Orthodox,’ in the process of separation, attracted many listeners.
His intelligence and well-known conscientiousness commanded respect, and he was held in high estimation by his own branch of the Society, though the opposite party naturally entertained a less favorable opinion of the ‘Hicksite’ champion.
Such a character as he was must necessarily always be a man of mark, with warm friends and bitter enemies.
His resemblance to Bonaparte
attracted attention in New-York
, as it had done in Philadelphia
Not long after he removed to that city, there was a dramatic representation at the Park Theatre
, in which Placide
personated the French Emperor
While this play was attracting public attention, the manager happened to meet Friend Hopper
in the street.
As soon as he saw him, he exclaimed, ‘Here is Napoleon
himself come back again!’
He remarked to some of his acquaintance that he would gladly give that Quaker
gentleman one hundred dollars a night, if he would consent to appear on the stage in the costume of Bonaparte
About this period northern hostility to slavery took a new form, more bold and uncompromising than the old Abolition Societies.
It demanded the immediate and unconditional emancipation of every slave, in a voice which has not yet been silenced,