Two of the young ladies of our family were to be married, and as
my brother and myself were the oldest of the children, one of us
would have gone to one, and one to the other, as a dowry. But
how God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform. My
grandmother was a woman of deep piety and great faith. 1 have
often heard my mother say that it was to the prayers and mighty
faith of my grandmother that we owed our freedom. How I do
praise the Lord for a Godly grandmother, as well as mother. She
had often prayed that God would open a way so that her grand¬
children might be free. The families into whichthese young ladies
were to marry, were not considered by the black folks as good
masters and mistresses as we had; and that was one of my grand¬
mother's anxieties. And so she prayed and believed that somehow
God would open a way for our deliverance. She had often trie<?
and proved Him, and found Him to be a present help in trouble,
And so in the way I have already related, the Lord did provida
and my father was permitted to purchase our freedom.
" In some way or other
The Lord will provide;
It ma}7 not be my way,
It may not be thy way,
And yet in His own way.
The Lord will provide."