by the Quakers.
But even in those days, the Society of Friends were by no means all free from prejudice against color; and in later times, I think they have not proved themselves at all superior to other sects in their feelings and practice on this subject.
, Joseph Carpenter
, and the few who resemble them in this respect, are exceptions
to the general character of modern Quakers, not the rule
. The following very characteristic anecdote shows how completely Isaac was free from prejudice on account of complexion.
It is an unusual thing to see a colored Quaker
; for the African temperament is fervid and impressible, and requires more exciting forms of religion.
David Maps and his wife, a very worthy couple, were the only colored members of the Yearly Meeting
to which Isaac T. Hopper
On the occasion of the annual gathering in Philadelphia
, they came with other members of the Society to share the hospitality of his house.
A question arose in the family whether Friends of white complexion would object to eating with them.
‘Leave that to me,’ said the master of the household.
Accordingly when the time arrived, he announced it thus: ‘Friends, dinner is now ready.
David Maps and his wife will come with me; and as I like to have all accommodated, those who object to dining with them can wait till they have done.’
The guests smiled, and all seated themselves at the table.