And from that moment, my hear! was settled to do it. Bui
as the time has gone, and so much has seemed to come in tc
hinder, and several persons who had kindly offered to assist me,
were called away in one direction or another, and I was so wearied
and the task looked so big, my heart began to fail me, and I
thought I could not do it.
Again I went to the Lord in prayer, and told Him all about it,
and asked Him what I should do, for His glory alone was all 1
sought. He whispered to my heart, clearly and plainly, these
words, "Fear thou not, I will help thee." (Isa. xli: 13.) Again 1
praised Him; so now I go forward with full faith and trust that
He will fulfill His own promise.
My friends who know me best, will make allowances for all
defects in this autobiographical sketch; and I believe strangers
also will be charitable, when they know that my opportunities for
an education have been very limited indeed.
Three months of schooling was all I ever had. That was at a
school for whites; though a few colored children were permitted
to attend. To this school my brother and I walked five and a half
miles each day, in going and returning, and the attention we re¬
ceived while there was only such as the teacher could give after
the requirements of the more favored pupils had been met.
In view of the deficiency in my early education, and other dis¬
advantages in this respect, under which I have labored, I crave the
indulgence of all who may read this simple and unvarnished story
of my life.