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[372] Friend Hopper briefly replied: ‘According to thy orders, I have given the hands at our office a tremendous blowing up. They want to know what it is for. Please inform me by return of mail.’

When the Prison Association of New-York petitioned to be incorporated, he went to Albany on business therewith connected. He was then a stranger at the seat of government, though they afterward came to know him well. When he was seated in the senate-chamber, a man came to him and told him to take off his hat. He replied, ‘I had rather not. I am accustomed to keep it on.’

‘But it is contrary to the rules,’ rejoined the officer. ‘I am ordered to turn out any man who refuses to uncover his head.’

The Quaker quietly responded, ‘Very well, friend, obey thy orders.’

‘Then, will you please to walk out, sir?’ said the officer.

‘No,’ replied Friend Hopper. ‘Didst thou not tell me thou wert ordered to turn me out? Dost thou suppose I am going to do thy duty for thee?’

The officer looked embarrassed, and said, half smiling, ‘But how am I to get you out?’

‘Carry me out, to be sure,’ rejoined Friend Hopper. ‘I see no other way.’

The officer went and whispered to the Speaker,

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