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(without typos) from the publisher. 1858. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... the itinerancy for many years, generally in the slaveholding
portions of her territory. He was taken ill and died while preacher
in charge of Zion Circuit, Cecil Co., Md. The date of his death, as
may be learned from our Annual Conference minutes, was August 6,
1852. He resided, as we learn, at the time of his death, about one
and a half miles from the Pennsylvania line, and from the village
known as the Brick Meeting House, part of which little village is
in Chester Co., Pa., and part in Cecil Co., Md. After his death a
will, supposed to have been written in his sickness, and which was
in his own handwriting, was found. In this will, after directing
the disposal of his other effects, he speaks of seven slaves,
slaves for life, who, by that last will and testament, are given
their liberty. These slaves were midway down the Peninsula in
Maryland, and were there hired out to various persons. The will was
not signed by the deceased, and was not attested by witnesses. To
establish its validity it was necessary to prove the handwriting of
the deceased minister. Fortunately, Rev. Dr. Boone, a member of the
Conference, now in Philadelphia, and who acted as his executor,
succeeded in doing this through the agency of Rev. A. Manship,
agent of the Tract Society of our Conference, and another
individual. It appears that the deceased had given Brother Manship
his first license to exhort some ten or twelve years before his
death, and Brother Manship had retained that license, and besides
that scrap of writing, had seen and was familiar with the
handwriting of the deceased. Upon thus establishing the will, the
intention of the deceased was thus carried out, and the slaves,
after about one year from the time of his death, were permitted for
the first time in all their lives to...
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