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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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creative genius, yet there is in their way of
comprehending and applying what they learn a really
new and refreshing originality. This is illustrated
in their own songs—the only original folksongs
that the New World possesses—which are
as sweet, bright, and joyous as our Swedish
folksongs are melancholy. The same may be
observed in their comprehension of the Christian
doctrines and their application of them
to daily life.

Last Sunday I went to the church of the Baptist
negroes here with Mr. Fay, one of the noble-minded
and active descendants of the Pilgrim
Fathers, who resides in Savannah, and who has
shown me much kindness. The name of the
preacher was Bentley, I believe, and he was
entirely black. He spoke extempore with great
animation and ease. The subject of his discourse
was the appearance of the Savior on earth, and the
purpose for which He came. “I remember,” said he,
“on one occasion, when the President of the United
States came to Georgia and to our town of Savannah. I
remember what an ado the people made, and how they
went out in big carriages to meet him. The clouds
of dust were terrible, and the great cannon pealed
forth one salute after another. Then the president
came in a grand, beautiful carriage and drove to the
best house in

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