The Legislature were more inclined to have confidence in him, because he was known to be a benevolent, conscientious Quaker
, entirely unconnected with party politics.
In fact, the measure was carried mainly by the exertion of his personal influence.
He sustained the petition of the Association in a speech before the Legislature, which excited much attention, and made a deep impression on those who heard it. Judge Edmonds
, who was one of the speakers on the same occasion, often alluded to it as a remarkable address.
He said, ‘It elicited more applause, and did more to carry the end in view, than anything that was said by more practised public speakers.
His eloquence was simple and direct, but most effective.
If he was humorous, his audience were full of laughter; if solemn, a deathlike stillness reigned; if pathetic, tears flowed all around him. He seemed unconscious of his power in this respect, but I have heard him many times before large assemblies at our Anniversaries, and in the chapel of the State Prison
, and I have been struck, over and over again, with the remarkable sway he had over the minds of those whom he addressed.’
The business of the Association made it necessary for Friend Hopper
to visit that city many times afterward.
He came to be so well known there, and was held in such high respect, that whenever he made his appearance in the halls of legislation, the