Quakerism he loved so well.
The old man continued to sit alone under the preacher's gallery till the house took fire and was burned to the ground.
He died soon after that event, at a very advanced age.
Another incident, which occurred during Mr. Hopper
's stay in Charleston
, seemed exceedingly trivial at the time, but came very near producing fatal consequences.
One day, when a clergyman whom he visited was showing him his library, he mentioned that his father had quite an antiquarian taste for old documents connected with the Society of Friends.
At parting, the clergyman gave him several pamphlets for his father, and among them happened to be a tract published by Friends in Philadelphia
, describing the colony at Sierra Leone
, and giving an account of the slave trade on the coast of Africa
He put the pamphlets in his trunk, and started for Savannah
, where he arrived on the twenty-eighth of January.
At the City Hotel
, he unfortunately encountered a marshal of the city of New-York
, who was much employed in catching runaway slaves, and of course sympathized with slaveholders.
He pointed the young stranger out, as a son of Isaac T. Hopper
, the notorious abolitionist.
This information kindled a flame immediately, and they began to discuss plans of vengeance.
The traveller, not dreaming of danger, retired to his room soon after