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‘ [453] went back to the South, she would be liable to be sold, like a pig or a sheep.’

They laughed at this frank avowal, and when he invited them to come to his house with their father, to take tea, they gladly accepted the invitation. Again the conversation turned toward that subject, which is never forgotten when North and South meet. In answer to some remark from Friend Hopper, the preacher said, ‘Do you think I am not a Christian?’

‘I certainly do not regard thee as one,’ he replied.

‘And I suppose you think I cannot get to heaven?’ rejoined the slaveholder.

‘I will not say that,’ replied the Friend. ‘To thy own Master thou must stand or fall. But slavery is a great abomination, and no one who is guilty of it can be a Christian, or Christ-like. I would not exclude thee from the kingdom of heaven; but if thou dost enter there, it must be because thou art ignorant of the fact that thou art living in sin.’

After a prolonged conversation, mostly on the same topic, the guests rose to depart. The Methodist said, ‘Well, Mr. Hopper, I have never been treated better by any man, than I have been by you. I should be very glad to have you visit us.’

‘Ah! and thou wouldst lynch me; or at least, thy friends would,’ he replied, smiling.

‘Oh no, we would treat you very well,’ rejoined

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