not altogether devoid of understanding in matters
pertaining to the well-being of the Baptist church.
Well done, my white brother. In the language of our
Master, I say unto you that what you did do "these
ought ye to have done and not to leave the other un¬
done." Luke 11:42. " In as much as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren,-ye have
done it unto me." Matt. 25:40.
About this time the war was raging; there were
many reverses confronting the people everywhere,
both North and South, bond and free. The Union
army was steadily gaining ground so much so till it
was apparent that they would finally triumph. The
Baptist denomination in the north, both white and
colored, began to look after their interest in the South.
Missionaries of the A. Bapt. Home Miss. Society and
other religious organizations were among us. Teach¬
ers were numerous among the 200,000 Negro soldiers
who enlisted in the Union army, teaching them both
letters and religion preparatory to their emancipation.
The colored Baptists of the states of Ohio, Kentucky,
II;;,. ois, Missouri, Indiana, Mich igan and Connecticut,
looked through the dense fog of the din of war and
saw the destitute condition of the Negro Baptists of
the south, confederated, themselves together under
the name of the North-Western Baptist Missionary
Convention for the purpose of sending missionaries
among them to organize churches, associations and
conventions. For this purpose Rev. Wm. Troy of
Riehmond, Va., was employed as missionary and
came down the Mississippi River from St. Louis to
New Orleans, stopping at Natchez, where he found
the work among our people and denomination already
well established even at this early date.