TO MY MOTHERLAND.
little book that no less than 500 of them left Sierra
Leone for their country.
Simultaneously with these occurrences, the people of
the Brazils and of Cuba, Egbas, Yorubas, and other
Aku tribes who had obtained freedom, began to return.
From all sources there are now scattered throughout
the country, but chiefly at Lagos and Abbeokuta, over
five thousand of these people, semi-civilized generally,
but in some instances highly cultivated, being engaged
as teachers, catechists, clergymen, and merchants. In¬
dustrious, enterprising, and carrying with them, one
here and another there, a knowledge of some of the use¬
ful arts, they have doubtless been the means of inau¬
gurating a mighty work, which, now that it has ac¬
complished its utmost, must be continued in a higher
form by the more civilized of the same race, who for a
thousand reasons, are best adapted to its successful
The hand of God is in the work, and although many
discouragements and impediments might intercept the
path of you who would labor for such an end, there
is nothing to fear. Persevere, persevere, and the
Power, which has already been a safeguard through so.
many dangers will aid your efforts to the end.
Tucker has never been to Africa herself, yet her statements are per¬
fectly reliable, as they come from the best sources.