Appendix C: "Becoming slaves for the sake of the Gospel: the story of James Burrows, Samuel Bivins, and John Bivins," by Terry Wolever:
"One of the great testimonies of self-denial for the Gospel’s sake in nineteenth-century America took place in Philadelphia, “the city of brotherly love,” and Northampton County, Virginia. . . . James Burrows was born a slave and lived in Northampton County, Va. He felt that he was called to preach, but his master refused to allow him the privilege. He then persuaded his master to permit him to come to Philadelphia to earn money to purchase his freedom. His master consented to this after Samuel Bivins . . . and his cousin, John Bivins, who were freemen, placed themselves in bondage as security for the return of James Burrows, their minister."
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