Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon
SUSPECTED AND REPULSED BY A "FRIEND OF THE COLORED
Mrs. P. first came to Buffalo, she had brought a letter to Rev. Mr.--, a Baptist minister residing there, and also one to Rev. Mr. Hill, a delegate from the Eric Conference; but for some cause they could not then aid her, as she had hoped.
43She accordingly passed on to New York; but, on her return. Mr. Hill seemed disposed to do something for her, if he could, and for this purpose introduced her to Rev. Henry Slicer, a delegate from the East Baltimore Conference, in hope of getting him to bring up the matter in the Conference. Mr. S. looked sternly at Mrs. P., and with an imperious air said, "
a colored woman? You're no negro. Where did you come from? If you are a negro, where are your free papers to show it?" At the same time, looking over her book of letters, he asked, "Who wrote these letters? Where is the envelope that came on them, to show the postmark? You've got no envelope here." Then he handed back the book and papers, and said he could not do any thing about it. As he went away he looked at Mr. Hill and said, "She's no negro;" and thus ended the assistance from Rev. Henry Slicer.