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Imaginary obstructions to true spiritual progress : preached during the service at the Day Street Congregational Church, August 14, 1898 : by Rev. P. Thomas Stanford, D.D., LL.D., late of Birmingham, England.

Peter Thomas Stanford was an African-American Congregational minister whose eventful life included a pastorate in England.
The following biographical sketch appears at the end of a pamphlet containing a sermon he preached in 1898.

Eventful Career of Rev. Mr. Stanford, the "Negro Beecher."

Rev. P. Thomas Stanford, D.D., LL.D., known as the "Negro Beecher," and pastor of the North Cambridge Union Industrial church and strangers' home, will take charge of the Friday evening meetings at the Day-street Congregational church, and will supply several Sundays, during the absence of the pastor.

Rev. Mr. Stanford was born a slave in Hampton, Va., February 21, 1858. When five years old he was taken by the Freedman's aid society and brought to Boston. When about twelve years old he went to New York, and attracted the attention of Rev. Highland Henry Garnett. He began his education at Suffield, Ct., through the efforts of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, and finished at Hartford, Ct. He was ordained in 1878 in the Union Baptist church, Hartford, Ct. He went to Canada soon after, and became editor of the Christian Defender.

In 1883 he went to England and, under private tuition, took courses in law, medicine and theology. He was called to the pastorate of a church in Birmingham, Eng., in 1893, composed of white members, and in 1894 was selected by the philanthropic Christian public of Great Britain and America to report on the condition of the colored man in America. This report he is to carry them in the fall.-- Somerville Journal , July 22, 1898.

A book equal to "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "The Tragedy of the Negro in America," by the Rev. P. Thomas Stanford, D.D., LL.D., written at the special request of the philanthropic and Christian public of both England and America, is acknowledged to be in interesting matter and usefulness equal to Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. It has been reviewed by such dignitaries as the President of the United States and Governors, the Prince of Wales, the Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone, the Rev. Lyman Abbott, D.D., of Brooklyn, N.Y., D.L. Moody, Esq., by Sunday school superintendents and others, all of whom declare that it is masterly written, and by whomsoever read will do the Negro race a timely service. Single copies one dollar; by mail $1.10.-- Boston Advance , April 16, '98.

All communications should be addressed to .......... REV. P. THOMAS STANFORD, D.D., LL.D., 101 DUDLEY STREET. .......... NORTH CAMBRIDGE, MASS., U.S.A.

Full text (Library of Congress/African-American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P.Murray Collection, 1818-1907)