high state of cultivation, is to deny the current facts
of history. Negroes, from the southern plantations
and tobacco factories, have stood as representatives
in the legislative halls, to champion and defend the
rights of man. In all the professions they are found,
and when opportunity is given they are ready and
able to compete with their more favored brothers
for the honors.
The fact that the soil will produce one hill of corn,
is an evidence that it will produce another. What
man has done, it is reasonable to suppose man can do
under similar and favorable circumstances. What,
then, must be our conclusion in this matter ? This.
Encourage the Negro to develop the resources that
are within him. He has patience, for he has been
the great back-horse and burden-bearer of America.
He has sincere faith in God, and enjoys his religion.
With his patience, sincerity and enthusiasm he will
help to evangelize the world.
After my four years and a half of active service in
Richmond and vicinity, I returned again to Boston,
my former home. I found on my arrival that a large
number of colored people had gathered here from
different parts of the South in search of homes and
employment. The name Boston always had a musical
and joyous sound to the colored people in the South.
This was not unreasonable, for this city was foremost
in advocating the Negro's cause and vouchsafing to
him the immunities of citizenship. May this grand old
city always hold the first place in the Negro's affection.