much danger by going in the forest. But tradition says
our forefathers bore their crosses well. From the year
1700 to 1731, grave subjects agitated the minds of
the white people of the province. The most of
them belonged to the Episcopal Church of England.
The representative of that Church in England very
properly brought to the mind of the whites the im¬
portance of their duty in instructing the slaves in
the Christian religion. This proposition was accepted
by a part of the clergy, but refused by the laity in
It was claimed that the negroes had no right to the
Christian religion; that they were not brought here
for the purpose of instruction, but of labor. Some of
the whites wanted the slaves to work on Sunday.
This class held that there was no time to be spent in
telling slaves about Him who reigns above the sky.
One class of the whites thought religious instruction
too high an honor for the poor sons and daughters of
Africa; that it would be putting them on a footing
with men and women; and that they ought to be
placed in a position between man and beast. They
did not think that the poor men and women that tilled
their soil and built their houses had any right to hear
the holy words of God.
In this respect, the whites exceeded in barbarity and
impiety the heathens of ancient times. We have already
remarked, that the clergy of South Carolina joined
those of England in their proposition to the slave-