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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
			
38           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
of each hand separate and correctly in my mind
and report to Wilson every night. I dare not
let Wilson or any of the slaves know that I
knew anything about figures or could read or
write, for a knowledge of those rudiments of
education was considered criminal in a slave.
The slaves were nearly always jealous and envi-
ous of a "boss" of their own color, and left no
pretext untried to bring a "boss" into disrepute
with the master and consequent corporal pun-
ishment. And should I make a misstatement
of the weight of any one hand's cotton, that
hand would know it. Therefore at the time I
am now writing of I had the weights of about
three hundred baskets of cotton to report to
Wilson every day.  This was hard mind-work
for me, but I mastered the situation and escaped
supersedure and punishment. I held the posi-
tion of field-superintendent about nine years,
and performed my duties faithfully and honestly,
to the satisfaction of my master and the hands
under me generally.
  Why was I so faithful and dutiful to my slave
master? Simply because I was doing my duty
to God and acting in obedience to the commands
of Christ; for my book taught me to do good
and shun evil-to obey the revealed will of God
no matter what position I might be placed in.




			
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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


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