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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
			
 44           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
ness.  However, I got on the mule and started,
in company with a colored man who was going
with me to bring the mules back.  After travel-
ing four or five miles, and when at a convenient
place, I dismounted from the mules and told my
companion I was going no farther with him, and
that if Wilson wanted any one to go to the
railroad to work  he might go himself; and I
"took to the woods."
  This was the first time I ever attempted to
escape and gain my  freedom.  Whether I was
right or wrong I shall not say, only I ask you
to put yourself in my place as I was then situ-
ated, and draw your own conclusions.  It is true
I had formed dear and near associations, and
the old neighborhood had been the scene of my
trials and triumphs.  My master had been uni-
formly kind, as much so at least as his disposition
would allow, yet I felt, although my skin was
black, I was entitled to and deserved freedom to
worship God according to the dictates of my own
conscience, and to teach others the way to ever-
lasting life.  I felt that I was a man made after
God's own image, and that no one had any
right to a property in me as a mere chattel, all
human laws to the contrary notwithstanding.  I
did not deem that I was a criminal, and that I
was escaping from penal servitude; but that




			
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