"Having got in the way of carrying fruit to the college at Chapel
Hill on the Sabbath, the collegians who, for their diversion, were fond
of pranking with the country servants who resorted there for the same
purpose that I did, began also to prank with me. But somehow or other
they discovered a spark of genius in me, either by discourse or other
means, which excited their curiosity, and they often eagerly insisted
on me to spout, as they called it."
-- George Moses
Horton, Poet, 1845
Moses Horton. "The Poetical Works of George M. Horton, the Colored
Bard of North Carolina, to which is Prefixed the Life of the Author,
Written by Himself." Hillsborough, N.C., 1845, pp. xiii-xiv.