freedom he would never be able to settle down to the stub¬
born realities of the discharge of the many duties of citizen¬
ship, but would stand around like a silly dunce and whine at
the government for support, and consequently would forever
be a burden to his country; but he has dispersed those black
fogs by the sunshine of his greatness, and dispelled the
many fears that sickened the hearts of his friends, and dis¬
armed the prejudice of his enemies, by showing that he is
fully able to paddle his own canoe, and keep above the
necessities of life. As a race, they have made no imposition
upon the public funds provided by the States for the poor.
Many have supported their poor relations, and in their
churches they have made ample provision for their poor
saints; therefore we must admit that the Negroes are in¬
clined to help themselves.
Literally they have contributed to the welfare of their
country and the support of themselves.
In their churches and benevolent institutions they make
contributions annually for the education of their youth.
Among them are to be found some of the ablest orators
and authors of the country, which are only outgrowths of
their educational tributes. Their orators have made indel¬
ible marks in the Legislative halls, and elsewhere through¬
out the country, and their authors have placed in the
libraries of this commonwealth volumes of no little value
to the nation.
His Agricultural Tributes.
Can any good come out of Nazareth here? Did the
Negro regard his freedom as the mere privilege to gamble,
steal, and hug the wine cup? No, he regarded it as the
privilege to labor and amass wealth for the good of him¬
self, fellowmen, and country.
He soon grasped the idea th#t, to be an independent man