RELIGION AT THE CLOSE OF THE WAR. 95
help the religious life of the colored people. The
southern Baptists wanted the colored brethren to
ally themselves with them; this the colored brethren
hesitated to do, because they considered the north¬
ern brethren their friends.
When the proposition was made to us by our
white brethren, our reply was, that we would consent
on these conditions: First, that they would take
back all they had claimed and said against the Bap¬
tists of the North. And second, that they would
meet us as Christian brethren, and not as slaves.
A meeting was appointed, for both white and col¬
ored, to consider the suggestions.
I was appointed by the colored brethren to repre¬
sent them. And Rev. Mr. Sands, who had preached
for the colored people in Manchester, to represent
the whites. The said Sands was not only a preacher
but a member of the Virginia Bar, a lawyer by pro¬
We met in one of the churches to talk the mat¬
ter over. His opinion was, that the conditions were
After we had interchanged views on the subject,
we adjourned to meet again at the call of the com¬
mittee. When the second meeting was called, Rev.
Dr. Burrows spoke for the same, and did much to
persuade the colored Baptists to affiliate with the
white. But as this was the first time in the history
of the colored Baptists that we had had to make
terms we were inclined to hold to our propositions.