their part toward conquering our land for Christ. And
they will. Only let them know their duty and they will
do it. To show them their duty, and to unfold the great
work before us all, a large part of the book is devoted.
As before suggested, the object of the book is also to
furnish evidence that what has been done for us is not
wasted effort. Nearly all the leading colored Baptist min¬
isters, in the South particularly, were the recipients of a
generous benevolence in the days of their student life.
They were aided unselfishly, and it was believed that
when fully trained they would measure up to the full
stature of Christian manhood. This book is, therefore, a
modest vindication of the greatheartedness and judgment
of those who aided us in that direction, and this book—
counted among the first-fruits of our people—prepared
for the defense of the doctrines of our common Lord,
and in furtherance of his work, is none the less an ex¬
pression of thanks from beneficiaries to benefactors.
Many to whom these words would properly be addressed
have already gone to their reward above j but others are
left to see the harvest of their own seed-sowing, and to
be recipients of our acknowledgments therefor.
"While this book is distinctively denominational, and,
in a measure, polemical, it is believed to be pervaded by a
thoroughly Christian spirit; and although it appears as a
volume of sermons, it is not strictly such, but rather a
collection of lectures or essays, all of which have been
expressly prepared for it.