Or, A Colored Man's Reply to Bishop Foster.
OPINIONS OF DISINTERESTED PERSONS.
R. J. W HAMILTON in his effort to obtain expres¬
sions from prominent persons of other denominations
concerning the controversy relating to the feasability of dis¬
union of the white and colored members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, sent the following letter:
"There are nearly 250,000 colored members of the Metho¬
dist Episcopal Church in this country. They are entitled to
all the rights and privileges of members, but a controversy has
arisen within the Church concerning the possibility of any
position of emolument and influence ever coming to any one of
these colored members, whatever their gifts, graces or useful¬
ness, because of their race and color. And it \z argued,
therefore, that it would be wise for all these colored members
to withdraw from the Methodist Episcopal Church and
organize a church composed wholly of their own people rather
than to remain until such prejudice is overcome. What would
be the impression of persons who are not Methodists if such a
state of things were to continue until all the colored members
were impelled to forsake the church of their choice for such
cause? What would be your impression. J. W Hamilton."
Many of long experience and acknowledged ability (the
majority) gave their opinions.