Cape Palmas, and for no one to come from the shore. "Oh,
Bishop," I said, " what will you do?"
"Oh, we will just go."
"Shall I go, then?"
"Oh, yes, come on," he said, quietly, but with such perfect
confidence. I just held my breath, and did as I was told.
The man remonstrated, but the Bishop said to the men,
"Push off;" and off we did push. When we got alongside, the men
aboard the steamer hailed us.
" Where are you going? "
The men gavejhe word, " To Cape Palmas."
" We are not going to stop at Cape Palmas," one of the officers
shouted; "the captain sent word ashore."
When they saw Bishop Taylor was a white man they let down
the steps. The Bishop said he wanted to see the captain. It was
just dinner time — six o'clock — when we got on board. Of course
they did not want that I should come up; but the Bishop said to me
quietly, "Come right along, Amanda."
Brother Turner, one of the Bishop's missionaries, a genuine
black man, who had been out but about two years, was with him.
He was going to Sinoe. We kept close to the Bishop, for we knew
if he succeeded, we would.
Oh! how vexed the officers were. But of course they said
nothing to Bishop Taylor. They were civil to him.
The Bishop had no baggage; he never did carry any about
with him in Africa; simply a small basket, and his bed rolled up.
To look at it you would think it was a surveyor's instruments; that
was generally his outfit. But some of the rest of us did have
something in the shape of a small trunk. When the officers saw
this they said:
"We are not going to stop at Cape Palmas; don't lift the bag¬
So I stood quietly while the Bishop went in to see the cap¬
tain; or rather send word to him, and there was a pause of fifteen
minutes, or so. I stood trembling in my boots almost, for it was
about five miles back to shore, and I thought, "Oh, dearie me, if I
have got to go back in this darkness all alone! " So I said, "Oh! Lord,
help the Bishop, and bless that captain, and make him let us go."
While they were gone with a message to the captain, I slipped
softly up to the Bishop, and said: