colored man, who escaped from bondage, resided some years in Worcester, Massachusetts
, and acquired several thousand dollars by hair-dressing.
He went to New-York
to be married, and it chanced that his master arrived in Worcester
in search of him, the very day that he started for that city.
Some person friendly to the colored man sent information to New-York
by telegraph; but the gentleman to whom it was addressed was out of the city.
One of the operators at the telegraph office said, ‘Isaac T. Hopper
ought to know of this message;’ and he carried it himself.
was then eighty years old, but he sprang out of bed at midnight, and went off with all speed to hunt up the fugitive.
He found him, warned him of his danger, and offered to secrete him. The colored man hesitated.
He feared it might be a trick to decoy him into his master's power.
But the young wife gazed very earnestly at Friend Hopper
, and said, ‘I would trust the countenance of that Quaker
Let us go with him.’
They spent the remainder of the night at his house, and after being concealed elsewhere for a few days, they went to Canada
This slave was the son of his master, who estimated his market-value at two thousand five hundred dollars. Six months imprisonment, and a fine of one thousand dollars was the legal penalty for aiding him. But Friend Hopper
always said, ‘I ’