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Miscellaneous - Letters of Bishop Henry M. Turner
			

                          XII.

                    Miscellaneous.

         LETTERS OF BISHOP HENRY M. TURNER.
         WRITTEN DURING HIS VISIT TO AFRICA.

                      STEAMSHIP " CITY OF PARIS," Octobler 15, 1891.
MR. EDITOR:
  I am out on the ocean sailing--or rather steaming to all
human appearances-to the unknown-where ?
  I left the great city, New York, yesterday about two o'clock,
with peculiar sensations.
 I had long contemplated a trip to Africa, the world's future
paradise, but had never realized what it was to start. I never
dreamed that it would take the starch out of a fellow as it did
me.
  The hurly-burly of preparation and the desire to leave ab-
sorbed every faculty of my soul, but when I mounted this
mighty sea craft and looked down upon the faces of Rev. Theo-
dore Gould, Dr. Derrick, the presiding elders Morgan and Israel
Derricks, and several other ministers who stood with upturned
faces; also Mrs. Dr. Derrick, Mrs. Bolden and a number of
ladies, all of whom waved handkerchiefs at me as the ship
steamed out, I began to realize that this was more than an ordi-
nary trip to some portion of our common territory.
  Mrs. Dr. Derrick touched me when she threw her handker-
chief to her eyes; but the thought rushed to me--that is
womanish, and I tried to dismiss it, but in a moment my eyes fell
upon my son, David M. Turner, who had come from Washing-
ton city to see me off-despite the fact that I had told both sons
to attend to their business, and not spend money to bother after
me. David, however, ignored my order and came any how, and
as I espied him looking up wistfully and then dropping his head,
my emotions reached their culmination, all my manhood suc-
cumbed and tears suffused my face; I loved David as I never
dreamed of before. The other children appeared before me in
detail, and the thought rushed upon me, " Mother is gone, wife
is gone, and now possibly children are gone." My mind flashed
through the Church, and an inkling of dislike here and there, I
had indulged, owing possibly to misunderstanding in most in-
stances, all fled, and I found myself loving everybody I had left
behind. I never loved in all my life as I did then, and do now,
and expect to while I live.




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, [Vol.08, Num. 4]

Miscellaneous - Letters of Bishop Henry M. Turner

Volume:  08
Issue Number:  04
Page Number:  446
Date:  04/1892


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