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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
			
 40            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
of brotherly love, and  urged them, in season
and out of season, to come to Jesus.  My labors
were not in vain, for a great many were brought
to the altar of prayer through my exertions,
and were forgiven.
   Wilson found out that I could read and write.
During the time of cotton-picking, the last
season I was superintendent, a protracted meet-
ing was held in the neighborhood, and my
master and  mistress attended regularly.   The
only time I could go was on Sunday, and I
looked  forward to that day with hope and
pleasure.   On Saturday evening my  master
stayed to church, and did not expect to return
home  until Sunday  evening.  My  report  of
weights were on my mind, and I became some-
what uneasy about the result if I should at-
tempt to remember them until the  following
Monday.  What to do under the circumstances
I did not know; yet I knew that "where there
was a will there was a way."   I was afraid
to set the weights down for fear of detection
and punishment.  I hesitated and tried to think
of some safe way out of the dilemma.  I knew
if I let the matter rest over Sunday I would
not remember the weights, for the reason that
my mind was so employed and taken up with
the religious revival that was then going on in




			
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