By Milton C. Sernett
initially released in 1985, this extended moment version comprises new resources on ladies, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a basic advent in addition to ancient context and remark for every document.
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The negroes in general, whether Africans or Creoles, revere, consult, and fear them; to these oracles they resort, and with the most implicit faith, upon all occasions, whether for the cure of disorders, the obtaining revenge for injuries or insults, the conciliating of favor, the discovery and punishment of the thief or the adulterer, and the prediction of future events. Their incantations, to which the midnight hours are allotted, are studiously veiled in mystery; and as the negroes thoroughly believe in their supernatural power, the stoutest among them tremble at the very sight of the ragged bundle, the bottle, or the egg-shells, which are stuck in the thatch, or hung over the door of a hut, or upon the branch of a plantain tree, to deter marauders.
This we cannot do without obeying them freely, without muttering or finding fault. If a servant strives to please his master and studies and takes pains to do it, I believe there are but few masters who would use such a servant cruelly. Good servants frequently make good masters. If your master is really hard, unreasonable and cruel, there is no way so likely for you to convince him of it, as always to obey his commands, and try to serve him, and take care of his interest, and try to promote it all in your power.
Wesley's people at Kingston; with a view to obtain information, in which particular regard was had to the character of this poor but successful minister of Christ.
African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett