music to which these songs were often so happily
wedded. I wish you success in saving from oblivion
the songs, often crude in their poetic formation; but
they are diamonds in the rough.
Prof. S. W. Williams, Ass't. Book Editor, Meth¬
odist Book Concern.
It was a happy thought in Dr. Taylor to gather to¬
gether the favorite rhymes and melodies of the colored
people, used in the days of their slavery on plantations
and in cabins. The memory of their slave life is not
likely soon to perish; for, as the ancient HebreAVS per¬
petuated the plaintive songs of their captivity, so the
freedmen of the South, by this volume, will keep in
mind their longings for freedom and their spiritual
joys dominating over their oppressed and afflicted con¬
dition. It is a A'aluable contribution to the history of
the colored race in America.
Dr. J. M. Buckley, Editor Christian Advocate.
Neav York, August 18, 1882.
Dear Brother—Great interest is felt in these melo¬
dies. I have heard them all over the South since my
boyhood. I should think that the book would sell
by thousands, and that it would do good.
Prof. W. N. Stewart, Principal Col'd School,
East Carondelet, 111.
M. W- Taylor, D. D.,—Having carefully examined
your "Standard Plantation Melodies" and songs, I
take great pleasure in saying, Avhile they remind us of
the dark age through which we have already passed,
they point to that higher and nobler sphere of intellect¬
ual intelligence Avhich is croAvning the heads of so many
of our youths. Believing that these gems, which ema¬
nated from our forefathers, Avill be imbibed by the young