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the Old African, or better known now, as the First
Baptist Church. He was in the audience, but I did
not know it until I was through my discourse.
When I spied him in the congregation I made haste,
like Zacheus, to come down and shake him by the
hand, for I was more than truly glad to see him
there, knowing as I did, the deep interest he had in
my people. The hand-shake he gave me that morn¬
ing was valuable as well as warm and sympathetic,
for there was left from it a ten-dollar print in my
hand. Such hand-shakes were not unwelcome in
Mr. William B. Spooner, of whom I have spoken
before, also made a visit, and because of his special
interest and relation to the work among the freed¬
men, made a good report. Messrs. Walden and
Haskell, the well-known tanners of Salem, must also
be mentioned as among those who visited Richmond
and inspected the nature of the work we were doing.
These gentlemen I have spoken of had more than
a personal curiosity in the work I was doing, for they
had aided me financially in prosecuting the same;
and the visits made fully satisfied them as to the
merits and faithfulness of the work.