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you amply for the time you may appropriate in the peru¬
sal of these feAV pages, Avhich shall be condensed as much
as possible, without destroying the information necessary
to be obtained, and of monopolizing too much of your
time, which, for aught I know, may be more profitably
engaged in this age of reading.
About the beginning of the present century, it be¬
came a subject of considerable conversation among the
feAV colored people in Philadelphia whose preferences
were Presbyterian, of raising a Presbyterian Church.
This idea seemed to be general among them; but how to
proceed was a matter of no small difficulty, for at the
time there were very few Presbyterians in Philadelphia.
There Avas one thing, however, that was in their favor,
and it Avas their firmness and determination not to per¬
mit their smallness of number to prevent their making
the effort; they were Christians from principle, and their
hearts were in the work; their zeal and energy gave
springs to their determination: with them there was no
such thing as fail. The only question was, Who shall
lead in the movement] Here was the true difficulty.
There were true and faithful men ready to give their
countenance and influence to the work, but Avho would
sacrifice his business, his temporal prospects in life, his
time, his means, his all of self] Here was the difficulty
to grapple Avith and overcome ; one that not only every
neAV enterprise of like character, but one that the Church
has ever had to contend with. Of the justness of the as¬
sertion Christians can judge; of its correctness I am sure.
There Avere men of acknowledged ability, and other pre-
requisites,but it required a man Avho would be willing to
make every sacrifice of his own time and worldly interest,
to lead in the movement. For such a man they must Avait
patiently. It is not in the course of this brief history,