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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
			
18            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
were about seventy-five slaves to be divided into
six lots; and great was the tribulation among the
poor blacks when they learned that they were to
be separated.
  When the division was completed two of my
sisters and myself were cast into one lot, my
mother into another, and my father into another,
and the rest of the family in the other lots.
Young and slave as I was, I felt the pang of sep-
aration from my loved and revered mother; child
that I was I mourned for mother, even before our
final separation, as one dead to me forever. So
early to be deprived of a fond mother, by the
"law," gave me my first view of the curse of
slavery. Until this time I did not know what
trouble was, but from then until the tocsin of free-
dom was sounded through the glorious Emanci-
pation Proclamation by the immortal Abraham
Lincoln, I passed through hardship after hard-
ship, in quick succession, and many, many times
I have almost seen and tasted death.
  I bade farewell to my mother, forever, on this
earth.  Oh! the pangs of that moment. Even
after thirty years have elapsed the scene comes
vividly to my memory as I write. A gloomy,
dark cloud seemed to pass before my vision, and
the very air seemed to still with awfulness. I felt
bereaved, forlorn, forsaken, lost. Put yourself in




			
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