without being observed.
At parting, the mayor said to him, ‘Young man, you may consider it a miracle that you have escaped with your life.’
He took refuge on board the ship Angelique
, bound for New-York
, and was received with much kindness and sympathy by Captain Nichols
, the commander.
There was likewise a sailor on board, who happened to be one of the many that owed a debt of gratitude to Friend Hopper
; and he swore he would shoot anybody that attempted to harm his son. In a short time, a messenger came from the mayor to announce that the populace had discovered where Mr. Hopper
was secreted, and would probably attack the vessel.
In this emergency, the captain behaved nobly toward his hunted fellow-citizen.
He requested him to lie down flat in the bottom of a boat, which he himself entered and conducted to a brig bound for Providence
The captain was a New-England
man, but having been long engaged in Southern trade, his principles on the subject of slavery were adapted to his interest.
He gave the persecuted young traveller a most ungracious reception, and said if he thought he was an abolitionist he would send him directly back to Savannah
However, the representations of Captain Nichols
induced him to consent that he should be put on board.
They had a tedious passage of thirty-five days, during which there was a long and violent storm,