"I think I must write a book. I am almost afraid to undertake a book so early and with so
little experience in composition. But it has been a cherished dream, and I feel an influence
that I cannot resist calling me to the task. . . . The object of my writing would not be so
much the elevation of the colored people as the elevation of the whites--for I consider the
unjust spirit of caste which is so insidious as to pervade a whole nation, and so powerful as
to subject a whole race and all connected with it to scorn and social ostracism--I consider
this a barrier to the moral progress of the American people: and I would be one of the first
to head a determined, organized crusade against it.