the deepest recesses of the woods in the day-time, and travelled only in the night.
He suffered much with hunger and fatigue, but arrived home at last, to the great astonishment and joy of his family.
He well knew that these precious moments of affectionate greeting were highly dangerous; for his own roof could afford no shelter from pursuers armed with the power of a wicked law. He accordingly hastened to Isaac T. Hopper
for advice and assistance.
The yellow fever was then raging in Philadelphia
, and the children had all been carried into the country by their mother.
Business made it necessary for
to be in the city during the day-time, and a colored domestic remained with him to take charge of the house.
This woman was alone when the fugitive arrived; but she showed him to an upper chamber secured by a strong fastening.
He had been there but a short time, when his master came with two constables and proceeded to search the house.
When they found a room with the door bolted, they demanded entrance; and receiving no answer, they began to consult together how to gain admittance.
At this crisis, the master of the house came home, and received information of what was going on up-stairs.
He hastened thither, and ordered the intruders to quit his house instantly.
One of the constables said, ‘This gentleman's slave is ’