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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
			
20           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
lessly torn from her by inexorable "law." What
would you have done if you had been in her
place? She prayed to God for help.
  My kind old father consoled and encouraged
my mother all he could, and said to her, "Do not
be discouraged, for Jesus is your friend; if you
lack for knowledge, he will inform you, and if
you meet with troubles and trials on your way,
cast all your cares on Jesus, and don't forget
to pray." The old man spoke these words while
praying, shouting, crying, and saying farewell to
my mother.  He had, in a manner, raised nearly
all the colored people on the plantation; so he
had a fatherly feeling for all of them. The old
man looked down on me, and said, "My child,
you are now without a father and will soon be
without a mother; but be a good boy, and God
will be father and mother to you. If you will
put your trust in him and pray to him, he
will take you home to heaven when you die,
where you can meet your mother there, where
parting will be no more. Farewell."  I was then
taken from my mother, and have not seen or
heard of her since--about twenty-nine years ago.
Old Uncle Jack, as my father was called by the
plantation people, spoke words of comfort to
all of us before we were parted.
 The lot of human chattels, of which I was




			
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