the following letter, enclosing a dollar bill for the Association, was addressed to Isaac T. Hopper
: ‘Should the humble mite here enclosed be the means of doing one-sixteenth part the good to any poor convict that the sixteenth of a dollar has done for me, which I received through your hands more than once, when I was destitute of money or friends, then I shall have my heart's desire.
With the blessing of God, I remain your most humble debtor.’
From the numerous cases under Friend Hopper
's care, while Agent
of the Prison Association, I will select a few; but I shall disguise the names, because the individuals are living, and I should be sorry to wound their feelings by any unnecessary exposure of past delinquences.
C. R. about twenty-nine years old, called at the office, and said he had been lately released from Moyamensing prison; having been sentenced for two years, on account of selling stolen goods.
When Friend Hopper
inquired whether it was his first offence, he frankly answered, ‘No.
I have been in Sing Sing prison twice for grand larceny.
I served five years each time.’
‘Thou art still very young,’ rejoined Friend Hopper
; ‘and it seems a large portion of thy life has been spent in prison.
I am afraid thou art a bad man. But I hope thou seest the error of thy ways, ’