much to admire in all. The extent of our country makes
it impossible to secure all who may be "eminent, progres¬
sive and rising." I trust I have presented a representative
of many classes of those who labor. The book may there¬
fore be a suggestion for some one to do better.
The illustrations are many, and have been presented so
that the reader may see the characters face to face. This
writing has been a labor of love, a real pleasure. I feel
better for the good words I have said of these gentlemen.
There is no great literary attempt made. I have not tried
to play the part of a scholar, but a narrator of facts with
here and there a line of eulogy. The book is full; and has
already passed the limit of first intentions. I am in debt
to many gentlemen for their kindness—especially to Rev.
Alexander Crummell, D. D., for the use of books; Hon.
James M. Trotter for the loan of cuts taken from his work
'Music and Some Highly Musical People;' Rev R. De
Baptiste for assistance in securing sketches; Rev- B. W.
Arnett, D. D., loan of books; Hon. John H. Smythe for
assistance in sketches and pictures of E. W Blyden and
President W W Johnson; General T Morris Chester, for
picture of Ira Aldridge and facts on his life; Professor W.
S.Scarborough for many kind helps; Rev. J. H. Greene, for
cut of Augustus Tolton and facts in his life; William C.
Chase, John W Cromwell, T. McCants Stewart, Hon. D.
A. Straker, Marshall W Taylor, D. D.,Hon.P B.S. Pinch-
back, Hon. H. 0. Wagoner, Rev Rufus L. Perry and many
others, and pre-eminently do I feel grateful to Bishop H. M.
Turner, my distinguished friend, who trusts his own good
name by associating it with this poor effort. May God