LETTERS OF BISHOP HENRY M. TURNER.
WRITTEN DURING HIS VISIT TO AFRICA.
STEAMSHIP " CITY OF PARIS," Octobler 15, 1891.
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
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.