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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
			
34           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
school-house it occurred to me as being strange
that the white children should be compelled to
sit and study hour after hour, while us little
darkies  "loafed  around"  and  did  nothing.
Why couldn't we lighten our young masters
and mistresses of that labor as well as other
kinds of labor? I determined that my young
mistresses should not be made slaves of by the
school-master, but that I would do that work
for them, as they were generally so kind to me.
So I proposed  the matter to them, and they
were tremendously pleased; at least they laughed
and chatted a great deal about me getting their
lessons for them, which so elated me that I
could not avoid turning handsprings and somer-
saults all the way home that evening, my joy
being so great at the idea of doing my mis-
tresses the favor of taking such great labor off
their hands as getting their lessons. I did not
doubt my ability to perform the work, for I
was stout, hearty, and large for my age, and
could almost make a full hand in the field.
Such was my idea at that time of getting les-
sons.  However, the next day my young mis-
tresses told me the school-master would not al-
low me to study their lessons for them, but
that I might take a book and sit outside of the
school-house and study there, but that I must




			
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