revival. But I soon found that something was reviving, whether it was religion or not, I did not stop to see. I saw nestling and sneering, and left.*
* I have been in the habit of thinking very reserved and indifferently on this whole subject. I do not mean to say, that I have ever been reconciled to the negro pew. But I have managed so as to accommodate myself without much difficulty. I have, for a number of years, on going into a white church, followed the practice of standing in some one of the aisles, rather than take the negro pew, or to contend for one to which I am unwelcome. But I find that I have, as a minister of the gospel, a responsibility in the matter. I must think of it, and feel more directly than I have. And the more I do think of it the more my soul sickens.
I have turned aside several times into the South Baptist church in this city, to hear Mr. Knapp, since he has been here. The first time I went the church was only moderately full, and as usual I stood in the aisle. The second time the church was overflowing. A Mr. S. met me at the door and gave me a polite introduction to a seat, said by him to be " one of the best." As the house was so full I took the seat, but saw the design. It is " one of the best seats," but the particular design was that it should be