Liberia to the United States, regularity accredited by President
Cheesman and Secretary of State Gibson.
The bishop believes that his race will ultimately return to Africa
and that it is the duty of the government to help them do so. He re¬
gards slavery not as a divine but as a providential institution of temp¬
orary duration, brought into existence for the purpose of bringing
the negro in contact with the Caucasian—the great race of the world.
He thinks the black man will rise faster in a republic to himself, and
that that alone will bring peace and quiet to this country. He de¬
clares that for two races of people to be living in the same country,
under the same institutions and subject to the same laws with no so¬
cial contact, is an anomaly and can be productive only of evil results.
Bishop Turner's home is in Atlanta, Ga., where he is held in high
esteem by the best people of both races. He was married a few weeks
ago for the second time.—Once A Week.
$EV. EDCJUflf^D UX. BliVDEN, fl.JVT., D.D., liIi.D.
BY HON. SAMUEL LEWIS.
gDWARD WILMOT BLYDEN was born in the Danish Island of
St. Thomas, West Indies, and is of the purest Negro parentage.
Inspired in early youth with a love for the fatherland, and a de¬
sire to labor for its amelioration, he went to the United States in his
seventeenth year, with a view of pursuing certain studies to fit him¬
self to work in Africa. Influential friends endeavored to secure for
him admission to some institution of learning- there, but so strono-
was the prejudice against his race at that time that the effort proved
unavailing. He was advised to proceed at once to Liberia,, where the
Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States was about to establish a high school under the care of
Rev. David A. Wilson, M.A., a graduate of Princeton College, now
Dr. Wilson, of Missouri. After a few months' residence in Liberia,
young Blyden entered the new institution among its first pupils.
By diligence and perseverance he soon rose to the headship of the
school, and, after filling that office for three years to the satisfaction
of all concerned,was, in 1862, elected to a professorship in the newly-
founded college of Liberia. In 1864 he was appointed Secretary of