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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
			
 28          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
being, but about a year after he had got him
home he began to put his plans into operation
for severely punishing him.  He was afraid of
Ben's prayers. Although Wilson would not
have hesitated a moment to have put any plan
into execution he may have conceived, under
ordinary circumstances, yet praying Ben, while
defending himself by appeals to Almighty God
was stronger than with carnal weapons in his
hands.  Wilson proceeded cautiously and laid
snares for Ben. Uncle Ben was one of the best
hands on the plantation, and religiously per-
formed the labor alloted him truly and persist-
ently.  He obeyed his overseer and Wilson in
all things pertaining to his manual occupation,
and obeyed God to the very best of his ability
in this as in everything else.  But  Wilson
wanted to punish Ben, and was determined to
do so.  He knew that Ben was a faithful slave
to labor, and was reliable, yet he wished to
break Ben's spirit--his manhood, the God part
of him. Wilson did not seem to know that he
was not fighting Ben in his scheme of revenge
but that he was fighting God in Ben, and that
although he punished Ben to the death he
would be conquered himself, and more severely
punished than he could ever hope to punish
Ben. But Wilson was mad, infatuated, and sa-




			
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