Proceedings of the Meeting in Charleston, S. C., May 13-15, 1845, on the Religious Instruction of the Negroes: Together with the Report of the Committee, and the Address to the Public. Pub. by Order of the Meeting

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B. Jenkins, 1845 - African Americans - 72 pages
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Page 11 - GIVE ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak: and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew : as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Because I will publish the name of the Lord : ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
Page 11 - And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee : for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Page 35 - Of my own negroes and those in my immediate neighborhood I may speak with confidence. They are attentive to religious instruction and greatly improved in intelligence and morals, in domestic relations, etc. Those who have grown up under religious training are more intelligent and generally, though not always, more improved than those who have received religious instruction as adults. Indeed the degree of intelligence which as a class they are acquiring is worthy of deep consideration.
Page 70 - Uie negroes, presented resolutions, expressive of the obligations of the convention to impart the Gospel to the negroes, and their determination to do so by every means in their power. The convention recommended both pastors and private members to engage in the work immediately and efficiently. We feel assured that the example of this convention will be followed by the conventions of the other states. At the late convention in Augusta, Georgia, made up of delegates from all the slave-holding states,...
Page 71 - Resolutions and recommendations of Presbyteries and Synods on the subject. We notice a growing interest and increasing efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, and Kentucky, and Tennessee. In all these States there are numbers of ministers who devote a considerable portion of their time to the negroes : some acting almost as missionaries ; while the number of missionaries is increasing. We know of very many Presbyteries in different parts...
Page 70 - ... has been gradual, and for two years past, rapid and extensive : more so than in any previous years within our recollection : and, as a consequence, ministers and churches are doing more than ever towards the evangelization of this people. We have not space to set down at large the notices of labor among the negroes, in the narratives on the state of religion of the presbyteries and synods, and the general assembly ; nor the resolutions and recommendations of presbyteries and synods on the subject....
Page 24 - You are all aware, gentlemen, that the relation and intercourse between the whites and the blacks in the up-country are very different from what they are in the lowcountry. With us they are neither so numerous nor kept so entirely separate, but constitute a part of our households, and are daily either with their masters or some member of the white family. From this circumstance they feel themselves more identified with their owners than they can with you. I minister steadily to two different congregations....
Page 71 - ... activity which has affected us with surprise. We discover also from the letters from other states — (which might have been multiplied) — that there exists much of the same devotion and activity in them. We feel confident that if the voices of all the friends of the religious instruction of the negroes, could be heard, even as fully, from every slave-holding state, as has been from South Carolina, and the amount of their labors told, their voices would be as the sound of many waters, and their...
Page 55 - I am satisfied that the influence of this instruction upon the discipline of my plantation, and on the spirit and subordination of the negroes has been most beneficial. Their spirits are cheerful, as I judge from their gaiety of heart, and the respect for the overseer, and drivers, is evinced by, generally, a ready obedience to orders. We have had no runaway for years, and an offer to such as exhibit dissatisfaction to exchange them for others, by a sale, is usually met with aversion.
Page 42 - Negroes are not what some would make them out to be: they are capable of good feelings, and being influenced by good principles, and I do not hesitate to give it as my opinion, that where every good motive may be wanting, a regard to self-interest should lead every planter to give his people religious instructions.

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