This is the actual text of a court order in a Kentucky county in 1858.
"MANU-MISSION: It is ordered that Sam, a man of color, who was manumitted
under the will of Joshua Childers, dec'd, be summoned to court to say whether
or not he accepts his freedom." Isn't that remarkable. We can hardly
imagine that Sam did not accept his freedom. But then thousands upon thousands
have been offered a larger freedom, freedom from guilt and sin, and they have
not accepted it.