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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
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.            19
my place; feel what I have felt, and tnen say,
God is just; he will protect the helpless and
right the wronged, and you will have some idea
of my feelings and the hope that sustained me
through long and weary years of servitude. My
mother, my poor mother! what must she have
suffered.  Never will I forget her last words;
never will I forget the earnest prayers of that
mother begging for her child, and refusing to be
comforted.  She had fallen to the lot of Mrs. An-
derson, and she pleaded with burning tears
streaming down her cheeks, "He is my only son,
my baby child, my youngest and the only son I
have; please let me have him to go with me!"
  Anderson spoke roughly to her and told her to
hold her peace; but with her arms around me she
clung to me and cried the louder, "Let me have
my child; if you will let me have my baby you
may have all the rest!"
  Mothers can realize this situation only, who
have parted with children whom they never
expected to see again.  Imagine parting with
your dearest child, never to see it again; to be
thrown into life-servitude in one part of the
country and your dear child in the same condition
six hundred miles away.   Although my mother
was black, she had a soul; she had a heart to feel
just as you have, and I, her child, was being ruth-




			
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