Status: Complete

{F.D.P. 23 June, 1854 p.4 c.1-3}

President. No, my Brethren. It is because
of his sable complexion that he is doomed to
be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water—
or perchance he may graduate to the hon-
orable office of Barber, and enjoy the privi-
lege of shaving the white man's chin." The
preacher of the gospel who can thus speak of
the disabilities, the privations, the grievous
wrongs, the occupations of his fellow beings,
and of the color of their skin as necessitat
ing their degradation and misery, has no self
respect, no apprehension of the dignity of
his vocation, and but little, if any, concern
for the interests of the Redeemer's Kingdom;
and, as a man, we have no hesitation in say-
ing, he abundantly demonstrates that he has
a mean soul in his tabernacle of clay. The
sooner such men leave the christian minis-
try the better for the cause of God. Indeed,
it is a lamentable fact that the Bishop and
Conference could listen, without rebuke,
nay, with complacency, to remarks so dispar-
aging and damaging in reference to thousands
concerning whom Christ says, "the same is
my brother, and sister, and mother."

Finally, in taking my leave of the Balti-
more Annual Conference, I would assure
them, that I shall be less disposed to com-
plain of their course if they will go to the
colored portions of their flocks and frankly
avow the wordly policy they have resolved
to adopt in regard to them and their breth-
ren throughout the South. Let them, for
the honor of christianity, say "Sable fellow
countrymen:—After the maturest considera-
tion, we have concluded that we cannot treat
you as men, as children of one common
Father, amidst this 'faithless and perverse
generation,' from whom we get our bread,
without a degree of personal inconvenience
and an amount of persecution which we have
not the moral courage nor the disposition
to encounter, even for Christ's sake. We
know that the Savior declares you to be
the workmanship of his hands, and his spir-
itual relations, and has most unequivocally
said, 'whoseover shall offend one of these
little ones, that believe in me, it is better for
him that a millstone were hanged about his
neck, and he were cast into the sea;—
yet, as the relationship which he has estab-
lished between his disciples, of every hue
and clime is in your case, repugnant to our
taste, to our sense of propriety, we have ven-
tured, at all hazards, to repudiate it; and
as your presence, under the circumstances,
is extremely annoying,—and we have there-
fore determined to colonize you, nolens vo-
—we have thought it but simple justice,
if not a dictate of humanity, to relinquish all
pecuniary claims upon you for our spiritual
services in preparing you to evangelize the
heathen, and would advise you to squander
no more of your hard earnings in building
additional churches and deeding them to us,
as you will stand in need of all you can hon-
estly accumulate to prepare you for the
Exodus you are doomed to undergo."


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