From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England

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CHAPTER X.

Soon after this my pastor called to see me, and wanted that I should study for the ministry, saying that a gentleman requested him to get two colored young men who were advanced in education to study. He promised to clothe and board them, and give them a thorough education at his own expense; and he wanted two white young men, as nearly equally qualified as he could find them, and he was going to do the same by them; for he wanted to see if the colored young men were susceptible of attaining to as high a degree of intellectual culture as the white young men, as it was stated by some that they were not, and as he was a wealthy man he meant to solve this question and know for himself if nature was any more defective in the colored race. Now I notice that you are well advanced in literature; I have tried several of the brethren of our church, and know that some of you must have had a call to preach. Have you never felt, Bro. Brown, that you could do more good in extending our Saviour's kingdom by preaching the gospel and laboring for the good of souls, than you can by setting here in your shop working. I told him that I had, and sometimes felt that I ought to give up working and go round talking and laboring for the good of souls, but I have never heard any one call me to preach, and nothing like a call, that I must leave off as a duty involved on me, as I could read the Bible and explain it to those who could not read. People would get the Bible wrong and think it was right, and would put such construction on it that it would do more harm than good. He said, "now for the past six months I have spoken about it, at the church meetings and round about, and you have heard me, and never told how your mind was." I have heard you several times speak about it, you spoke about a call; I didn't know what you meant; supposing that a call meant an audible voice, and that I knew I had never heard. He said, "no; an impression of the mind is what we term a call and now if you will go I will write to-morrow." I told him if had known it six months ago I would have went; but I have made up my mind to get married in three months' time, and can't alter it. He said, I am very sorry, but won't the lady change the time if you would go and state the case to her. I said that, I didn't think she would. He said, "Bro. Brown, suppose you go and try; if you don't want to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • A NARRATIVE -OF THE- LIFE AND ADVENTURES -OF- VENTURE 1
  • Preface 3
  • Chapter I - Containing an Account of His Life, from His Birth to the Time of His Leaving His Native Country 4
  • Chapter II - Containing an Account of His Life from the Time of His Leaving Africa to That of His Becoming Free 10
  • Chapter III - Containing an Account of His Life from the Time of Purchasing His Freedom to the Present Day 18
  • MEMOIRS OF ELLEANOR ELDRIDGE 33
  • Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge 35
  • Chapter IV 43
  • LIFE OF JAMES MARS, a SLAVE BORN AND SOLD IN CONNECTICUT 49
  • Appendix 69
  • THE LIFE OF WILLIAM J. BROWN, OF PROVIDENCE, R. I WITH PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF INCIDENTS IN RHODE ISLAND 73
  • Preface 75
  • Chapter I 76
  • Chapter II 83
  • Chapter III 91
  • Chapter IV 114
  • Chapter V 124
  • Chapter VI 127
  • Chapter VII 130
  • Chapter VIII 141
  • Chapter IX 148
  • Chapter X 154
  • Chapter XIII 161
  • Chapter XIV 165
  • Chapter XV 171
  • Chapter XVI 176
  • Chapter XVII 178
  • Chapter XVIII 187
  • Chapter XIX 191
  • Chapter XIV - Another Voyage and Other Occupations 205
  • Chapter V - Watering and Cleaning Streets 208
  • Chapter XVI - Serving on the Jury 211
  • SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN NEW ENGLAND 215
  • Index 217
  • About the Editor 223
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