The Nigger Minister in Washington.
--A Washington letter in the St. Louis Republican
gives a laughable account of the reception of the negro minister from Hayti, at the U. S. capital, and his treatment of his brother darken.
Two mahogany colored individuals, each with hair showing a decided disposition to kinkiness, have lately arrived here in the capacities of Minister from Hayti and his Secretary
at the capital has raised an exciting discussion in two branches of Washington society as to whether they are negroes or not. The Abolitionists have made up their mines to admit them to society equality, and accordingly any they are not negroes but Haytiens; while the colored folks hereabouts insist that they are veritable darkies.
It remains to be seen how the question will be decided; but the observation of the writer is that if those new comers are not negroes, then mulattoes are white people.
, of Massachusetts
, led off last week by having the two Haytiens at his dinner table, and there can be no doubt of the intentions of the Abolitionists to introduce them into white society.
has invited them to dine with him next Tuesday; but it is customary for the Secretary of State
to extend this courtesy to all representatives of foreign nations soon after their first arrival, and the Premier is no doubt following precedent more willingly than inclination.
The following incident shows which way the Haytiens themselves are inclined.
A few days after their arrival the colored people held a meeting and decided to establish intimate relations with them by sending their ministers to wait upon them first, and then the common negroes were to follow and pay their respects.
The representatives of the free negro Republic of Hayti, getting wind of what was going on, sent a message to the negro preachers, the purport being that they were not receiving calls from negroes just yet. This cool proceeding took the darkies all aback, and some of them have since then made no reserve in venting their indignation at this treatment.
At a meeting in one of their churches, a few nights since the subject had considerable discussion, the bus then of the controversy being that the Haytiens were negroes, and had no right to act like white men. One venerable old contraband, whom report says was a preacher before he came out of the land of slavery, but who, as l lost his religion when he gained his freedom, wound up a long strain of invectives as follows: ‘ "Dose d--1 furring niggers tink demselbs better dan do President
Massa Old Abe let do cullered folks come into White House
, and talks to dem like a fader, and here's dose cusses won't look at 'em.
I isn't gwine to had nuffin more to do wid 'em., I isn't."’