lady, near eighty years old, named Margaret Shoemaker
, gladly gave him shelter.
When Friend Hopper
went to his place of business, after parting with the colored stranger, he saw an advertisement in a newspaper called the Sun
, offering one thousand dollars reward for the apprehension and return of a mulatto man, who had stolen seven or eight thousand dollars from a house in Varick-street.
A proportionate reward was offered for the recovery of any part of the money.
Though no names were mentioned, he had reason to conjecture that Thomas Hughes
might be the mulatto in question.
He accordingly sought him out, read the advertisement to him, and inquired whether he had stolen anything from his master.
He denied having committed any theft, and said the pretence that he had done so was a mere trick, often resorted to by slaveholders, when they wanted to catch a runaway slave.
That this remark was true, Friend Hopper
knew very well by his own experience; he therefore concluded it was likely that Thomas
was not guilty.
He expressed this conviction in conversation on the subject with Barney Corse
, a benevolent member of the Society of Friends, who was kindly disposed toward the colored people.
In compliance with Friend Hopper
's request, that gentleman waited upon the editor of the Sun
, accompanied by a lawyer, and was assured that a large amount of money really