‘Well, savages may be thieves also,’ rejoined the abolitionist, with a significant smile.
‘You are no gentleman,’ responded the other, in an irritated tone.
‘I don't profess to be a gentleman,’ answered the impassive Quaker
‘But I am an honest old man; and perhaps that will do as well.’
This remark occasioned a general smile.
Indeed it was pleasant to observe, throughout this scene in the court-room, that popular sympathy was altogether on the side of freedom.
It was a strange blind instinct on the part of the people, considering how diligently they had been instructed otherwise by pulpit and press; but so it was.
When the slave was summoned into the judge's room, Friend Hopper
followed; being extremely desirous to have her understand her position clearly.
He found Mr. Morgan
and his Southern friend in close and earnest conversation with her. When he attempted to approach her, he was unceremoniously shoved aside, with the remark, ‘Don't push me away!’
‘I did not push thee,’ said Friend Hopper
; ‘and see that thou dost not push me
He then inquired of the woman if he had rightly understood that her husband was free.
She replied in the affirmative.
‘Then let me tell thee,’ said the kind-hearted old gentleman, ‘that we will send for him, and obtain ’