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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY            563
who have rapidly acquired property, reputation, and edu­cation. Talent has been developed, which, considering the circumstances, is certainly remarkable; and, for moral traits of honesty, kindness, tenderness of feeling, — for heroic efforts and self-denials, endured for the ransom of brethren and friends yet in slavery, — they have been re« markable to a degree that, considering the influence under which they were born, is surprising.
The writer has lived, for many years, on the frontier-line of slave States, and has had great opportunities of ob­servation among those who formerly were slaves. They have been in her family as servants; and, in default of any other school to receive them, she has, in many cases, had them instructed in a family school, with her own chil­dren. She has also the testimony of missionaries, among the fugitives in Canada, in coincidence with her own expe­rience ; and her deductions, with regard to the capabilities of the race, are encouraging in the highest degree.
The first desire of the emancipated slave, generally, is for education. There is nothing that they are not willing to give or do to have their children instructed ; and, so far as the writer has observed herself, or taken the testimony of teachers among them, they are remarkably intelligent and quick to learn. The results of schools, founded for them by benevolent individuals in Cincinnati, fully estab­lish this.
The author gives the following statement of facts, on the authority of Professor C. E. Stowe, then of Lane Semi­nary, Ohio, with regard to emancipated slaves, now resi­dent in Cincinnati; given to show the capability of the race, even without any very particular assistance or en­couragement.
The initial letters alone are given. They are all resi­dents of Cincinnati.
" B------. Furniture-maker ; twenty years in the city ;
worth ten thousand dollars, all his own earnings ; a Bap­tist.