here; and if you don't deliver him up immediately, we will get a warrant to search the house.’
‘Quit my premises,’ replied Friend Hopper
‘The mayor dare not grant a warrant to search my house.’
The men withdrew in no very good humor, and a message soon came from the mayor requesting to see Isaac T. Hopper
He obeyed the summons, and the magistrate said to him, ‘This gentleman informs me that his slave is in your house.
Is it so?’
The wary Friend replied, ‘Thou hast just told me that this man says
he is. Dost thou not believe him?’
‘But I wish to know from yourself whether he is in your house or not,’ rejoined the magistrate.
‘If the mayor reflects a little, I think he will see that he has no right to ask such a question; and that I am not bound to answer it,’ replied Friend Hopper
‘If he is in my house, and if this man can prove it, I am liable to a heavy penalty; and no man is bound to inform against himself.
These people have not behaved so civilly, that I feel myself under any especial obligations of courtesy toward them.
Hast thou any further business with me?’
‘Did you say I dared not grant a warrant to search your house?’
asked the mayor.
He answered, ‘Indeed I did say so; and I now ’