Responseto the celebration of my Eightieth Birthday by the colored citizens of Washington D. C.
Washington and from all the colleges and schools where the youth of your race are taught. I scarcely expected then that the people for whom I pleaded would ever know of my efforts in their behalf. I cannot be too thankful to the Divine Providence that I have lived to hear their grateful response. I stand amazed at the rapid strides which your people have made since emancipation, at your industry, your acquisition of property and land, your