would secure his manumission.
It is impossible to tell whether he spoke truth or not; for poor Thomas
had been educated in a bad school of morals.
Sold by his father, abused by his brother, and for years compelled to do the bidding of gamblers and slave-speculators, how could he be expected to have very clear perceptions of right and wrong?
The circumstances of the case, however, seem to render it rather probable that he really was impelled by the motive which he assigned for his conduct.
declared that he had previously considered him an honest and faithful servant; that he was in the habit of trusting him with the key of his trunk, and frequently sent him to it for money.
The bank-bills he had purloined were placed in the hands of two colored men in New-York
, because, as he said, he could not return them himself, but must necessarily employ somebody to do it for him, in the intended process of negotiating for his freedom.
, his son-in-law James S. Gibbons
, and Barney Corse
, were very earnest to recover the money, for the best of reasons.
In the first place, they greatly desired to secure the manumission of the slave.
In the second place, the honesty of their characters led them to wish that the master should recover what was his own. In both instances, they wished to restore stolen property to the rightful owner; to Thomas Hughes
the free use of his own