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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
              PREFACE.



  In publishing this book I hope to do good not only to
my own race, but to all who may read it. I am not a
book-maker, and make no pretensions to literary attain-
ments; and I have made no efforts to create for myself a
place in the literary, book-making ranks. I claim for
my book truthfulness and honesty of purpose, and upon
that basis it must succeed or fail. The Biography of a
Slave is called for by a very large number of my imme-
diate acquaintances, and, I am assured, will meet with
such reception as to justify the expense I have incurred
in having it printed and bound. To the members of the
United Brethren Church, white as well as colored, I
look for help in the sale and circulation of my work, yet
I am satisfied I will receive commendable patronage from
members of all Christian churches everywhere.
  The book is written in the narrative style, as being




			
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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South


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