|CHAPTER XXIV. -- METHODIST GENERAL CONFERENCE--CALLING UPON THE BISHOPS.|
The next evening we took Mrs. P., and went to the Bishops' rooms to see what arrangement could be made for bringing the matter up in the conference the next morning. They received us kindly, and expressed the utmost willingness to have it brought up, and the balance of the money raised. Bishop Janes gave a donation at once, and Bishops Baker and Scott subsequently.
Bishop Baker was to preside the next morning, and either he or Bishop Scott suggested that any one might bring up the matter as a privileged question, as soon as the audience was sufficiently large to secure the object.
We went to the conference room next morning, and spoke to one or two delegates, who seemed to have good excuses for declining. We then called upon Dr. E.O. Haven , editor of Zion's Herald, Boston, and a delegate; and introduced him to Mrs. Picquet.
He was not quite as incredulous as Rev. H. Slicer ; but heard her brief story with deep interest and emotion, and at once consented to bring up the matter in the conference the first fitting opportunity. But the effort to do so failed, on account of the extreme sensitiveness on the slavery question, lest it should be thought the case was brought in to exert an influence upon that question, which was then pending before the conference. The only way, therefore, to do any thing was by private application. Accordingly, we took Mrs. P.'s book, and collected what we could ($68.80), and she returned home to Cincinnati.
This left still wanting, as near as we could calculate, some eighty or ninety dollars to make up the $900, and the amount necessary to purchase her mother, and bring her from Matagorda to Cincinnati.