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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
			
48           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
were worth and did not believe him; for he
would have whipped me severely if he had
dared do so.  His reasoning regarding the poor,
ignorant slaves on the plantation, however, was
to the point. In their ignorance they would
suppose that if I could do as I pleased and
not be punished, they could do the same; and
they would, in all probability, create an insur-
rection which would result in their own destruc-
tion. For their sakes I acceded to James'
wishes.  He told me that if I would go to the
railroad and work for Leadbitter one month,
that I might after that time hire myself out to
whom I pleased and for as long a time as I
pleased.
  I was given a letter to Leadbitter, and imme-
diately started on foot for the railroad. When
I arrived there I handed the letter to Mr. Lead-
bitter, who asked me how long I had come to
stay with him. I told him one month. He
broke the letter open, and after reading it in-
formed me that James Wilson stated in the
letter that I was to stay as long as he wanted
me. This was a piece of intelligence that learn-
ed me that James Wilson would lie, and from
that time forward I had no confidence in his
truthfulness. I did not know what was best to
do, but finally made up my mind to fulfill and




			
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