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church. The congregation to him seemed to have
the appearance of Joseph's coat, conspicuous for its
He afterward inquired about this peculiar com¬
position of the audience, and wanted to know if
white people were accustomed to attend regularly at
the church. I took the opportunity to inform him
that the people whom he supposed to be white were
not white, but colored, according to the status of the
South. "Why," said he, "they are as white as I
am." I admitted the truth of his statement, but
further explained by saying, that the condition of
the colored child usually followed its mother,
regardless of the white parentage; that is to say, if
the mother was considered colored, the child was
considered the same, though the father was white.
This same gentleman was much amused with a
little incident that happened while he was present.
I had in the pulpit with me a brother minister, who
was overcome by the heat and labor of the day, and
was inclined to fall in the arms of sweet sleep. At
intervals, during my discourse, I would put my hand
on this brother and endeavor to arouse him. This
seems to have made such an impression on my friend
Mr. Lovett, that years afterward, he would joke me
about it, and relate the same to his friends.
Mr. Isaac Fenno, who was always thoughtful and
kind to me, and assisted me in my work among the
freedmen, also visited Richmond during my stay.
On the occasion of his visit I happened to preach in