Bishop I. W. Wiley.
Dear Brother Taylor,—Your book is all right;
these songs ought to be saved, and they ought to be
Dr. R. 9. Rust, Cor. Secretary Freedmen's Aid
Society, 1*1. E. Church.
It is grand, I like it. Go on, Taylor. Let us sing,
shout, and fight our way to glory.
Dr. Jacob Krehniel, Ass't Editor of the Chris¬
It is just the thing—the gold saved without the
President J. Braden, of Central Tennessee
Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1882.
Rev. Dr. Taylor: Dear Brother,—I have looked at
the specimen pages of your proposed song and hymn
book, for preserving the old melodies and songs of the
colored people, especially those which had their origin
when slavery existed. These songs are historic of the
spiritual life of the slaves, their faith, their patience,
and their hope of a coming deliverance, not only from
sin and its consequences, but from the chains of that
other slavery which bound the body and degraded the
soul. Your effort to saAre them, as I understand it, is
important to the future historian. Any history of
shue life, and any full presentation of the moulding
influences of slave character, Avoiild be very incom¬
plete Avithout a full presentation of their songs, and