The House of Bondage, Or, Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves

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CHAPTER XIX.
THE COLORED DELEGATES.

The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1888--Negro delegates--Reception tendered them by Mrs. General Grant--Presentation of a Bible to Mrs. Grant--Dr. Minor's great presentation address.

THE following year, during the month of May, I visited the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was then in session in the city of New York. It was the most representative body I had ever met in my life. There were representatives there from every State and Territory in the United States, from all parts of North and South America, and from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the isles of the sea.

In that assembly were also fifty-three colored delegates, sandwiched promiscuously everywhere like so much black pepper in a vessel of salt. They took part in all the deliberations of the Conference, and were received everywhere with the utmost cordiality. Some of them acted as secretaries of the general body;

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher's Note vi
  • Foreword - In Her Own Write vii
  • A Note from the Schomburg Center xxiii
  • Introduction xxvii
  • Works Cited xlii
  • Preface xlvii
  • Contents xlix
  • Introduction liii
  • The Author lvii
  • Chapter I - Charlotte Brooks 1
  • Chapter II - Charlotte's Story 7
  • Chapter III - Aunt Charlotte's Friends 14
  • Chapter IV - Cruel Masters 21
  • Chapter V - Great Tribulations 27
  • Chapter VI - A Kind Mistress 35
  • Chapter VII - Broken-Down Freedmen 42
  • Chapter VIII - The Curse of Whisky 49
  • Chapter IX - John and Lorendo 57
  • Chapter X - A Converted Catholic 65
  • Chapter XI - Prison Horrors 75
  • Chapter XII - Sallie Smith's Story 86
  • Chapter XIII - In the Woods 94
  • Chapter XIV - Uncle Stephen Jordon 101
  • Chapter XV - Counterfeit Free Papers 109
  • Chapter XVI - Uncle Cephas's Story 119
  • Chapter XVII - A Colored Soidier 129
  • Chapter XVIII - Negro Government 138
  • Chapter XIX - The Colored Delegates 148
  • Chapter XX - A Touching Incident 156
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