Excerpt from Address of Col. H. B. Carrington, U. S. An;, At Indianapolis, Indiana, June 17, 1869: In Aid of the Erection of a New Church Edifice, for the Methodist Episcopal (Colored) Society
My profession, as you know, does not occupy, nor aspire to occupy, the field of party politics or general oratory; and yet no calling whatever, can entirely absolve any Christian man from the ever present obligation to use inﬂuence and strength, at all proper times, in giving impulse and sanction to such moral and religious agencies as are material to the well-being and advancement of others.
I can well see that to the colored people of the United States the present is a transition period of great importance. It is a period wherein they have much to learn and much to do. Upon the spirit, courage, ambition and purity of motive with which they labor, will largely depend the public estimate of their fitness for enlarged franchises; and, on the other hand, it is certain that if they accept national blessings with passive indifference, they will go backward, instead of forward, in all essential elements of civilized growth and culture.
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