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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.            27
home.  After traveling about an hour I met
the wagon containing uncle Ben and his wife.
The joy of that moment to me is inexpressible.
Having been deprived of mother and father he
was the only relative my  sisters and myself
could ever have any hopes of seeing again. My
heart rejoiced exceedingly. I was, as it were,
a new boy entirely, so overcome was I. We
all arrived home that same day, and it was a
much more pleasant trip than I had taken the
day before. On that day it was all anxiety,
mixed with hope and fear; to-day it was all
joy and thanksgiving, again proving uncle Ben's
saying that "the darkest hour is always just
before day. My sisters were simply wild with
joy when we arrived. They ran out the road
to meet, us crying, "There comes uncle Ben;
we have one more friend!" We were all com-
forted and rejoiced to a very great extent, and
we felt indeed that we had "one more friend"
with us. We were as happy as slaves could be,
and spent all the time we could together-un-
cle Ben, his wife, my sisters, and myself.
  But Wilson harbored a grudge toward uncle
Ben because he had to buy his wife in order
to get him, and had said that if he ever got
Ben after he ran away he would whip him to
death. He treated Ben very well for the time




			
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