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course of this history, concluded to seek a place where
Mr. Gloucester could exercise his gifts and graces in
preaching the Gospel, for Avhich he was so eminently
qualified. To this end Dr. Blackburn left Tennessee,
where he resided, and visited Philadelphia. What a
providence is here seen; not merely a coincidence, as
some Avould say, but a special providence. How does
this visit, at this time, remind us of the question of
Isaac to his Father, on Mount Moriah, "My Father,
here is the altar and the Avood, but where is the sacri¬
fice]" and in keeping with our present subject is equally
significant the words of Abraham, "My son, God
Avill provide a sacrifice." In our case it was truly a
special providence, and it seems clear, for God surely
does watch over the interests of Zion, and are we not
told "that no good thing will be withheld from them
that walk uprightly." So Ave may safely argue that the
visit of Dr. Blackburn, at this juncture, Avas providen¬
tially ordered, and no good reason can be adduced to the
contrary. HoAvever, it was regarded as a favorable in¬
dication that God Avas leading in the matter, and by his
own mysterious operation Avas producing the materials
for establishing a church in Philadelphia. In order,
therefore, to show more fully the leadings of the Most
High toAvard this end, I will direct attention more par¬
ticularly to the history of Mr. Gloucester.
A BRIEF REVIEW OF MR. GLOUCESTER, FIRST PASTOR OF
THE FIRST AFRICAN CHURCH, PHILADELPHIA, PA.
I am led to call the attention of the reader to Mr.
Gloucester's history with the Church for several reasons.
Among the most prominent are: first, he is worthy of
notice; another is, he Avas chosen by the Most High,