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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.             31
month. The cabin was surrounded by armed
men, when Ben was overpowered, chained, and
put in jail for safe keeping until Wilson should
come after him.  Living in the woods so long
and the harsh treatment he was now receiving
wore  Ben  down  considerably; yet, believing
that "the darkest hour is just before day," he
relied on God's help in his misery.
 Wilson came for Ben in due time, and after
chaining him securely around the neck he
fastened one end  of the chain to the rear of
his buggy and literally, a part of the time,
dragged  him to Holly Springs, about  thirty
miles from Oxford, where he sold him to a
man who had the reputation of being the hard-
est master in the country. Wilson afterwards
took Ben's wife home. Thus they were sep-
arated,-Ben and his wife,--never to meet again
on this earth.
  Wilson told me when he got home that he
had sent Ben to hell, and that he would send
me there too. Infatuated man; he supposed he
had done with Ben for the very worst; he
thought he had as much power over the souls
of his slaves as he had under "the laws" over
their bodies. He found, however, in time, that
God was with us, and in his good time he de-
livered us from our bondage and punished our
persecutors as they deserved.




			
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