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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.           33
me to hell, as he had tried to send uncle Ben,
Mrs. Wilson came forward in my behalf and
saved me from her husband's unwarranted wrath
by telling him that she wished "Charles to ac-
company her children to school and take such
care of them as might be required." It was
customary in the South for families who
owned slaves to send one or more of them with
their children when they attended school as
waiters, or personal servants, and as I belonged
to Mrs. Wilson, being an inherited chattel, Wil-
son acceded to her demand, and I was sent
along with the children when they went to
school. I was not allowed to sit with the white
children in school, but I "loafed around handy,"
ready for a call from either of my young mis-
tresses.
  The "laws," the enlightened laws of the
southern states, prohibited, under heavy penal-
ties, the education of a slave, or even a negro,
although free; yet some of us, under very dis-
advantageous circumstances, learned to read and
write.
  It has always been a kind of habit with me
to "be doing something"  all the time, and
when not actually employed in some active
work I would make use of my time for some
good purpose; and while "loafing around" that
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