Excerpt from The Sisters of Orleans: A Tale of Race and Social Conflict
The most communicative, if not most intelligent, mem ber of that class whom it was my fortune to meet, was a young man of mixed blood, bearing the name'of Tully; although he had, in addition, adopted the surname of an officer in the Union army to whom he was strongly \attached. Of Tully's earlier history, enough for the pur poses of this work will be gathered from his own pen in the chapter immediately following.
In the capacity of servant to masters of high position in Southern society before the war, he had gained a knowledge of certain passages of domestic history which were curious, if not instructive, in themselves 3 and which, when related with the spirited and ready delivery with which the ex-slave was gifted, possessed an undeniable charm. So struck was I with some of the incidents he described, that I was induced to suggest to him that he should write them out for publication, although he seemed to distrust his ability for authorship too much to seriously entertain the idea.
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