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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
			
            BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.            49
make good my promise, and trust to the future to
compel James Wilson to perform his. I thought
this the right course.  I did not deem that I
would be justified in breaking my promise be-
cause Wilson was unreliable and broke his. I
concluded that if Leadbitter kept me longer
than one month he would have to be smarter
than I gave him credit for being. I asked Lead-
bitter how many days there were in that month.
  I went to work, and kept account of the days.
I worked carefully. The time passed slowly and
wearily. My associations were of the worst
character possible, and my co-laborers were of
that lowest class of southern blacks whose
ignorance and waywardness render them most
of the time more than brutal. I made every
effort to do good among them, and endeavored
to preach to them on several occasions, but was
interrupted and deterred by the whites, who for-
bade  my  preaching.    I talked to the blacks,
however, whenever opportunity occurred, and I
hope that my labors for Jesus were not in vain.
  The last day of my month came and passed.
It was Friday. On Saturday morning, about
three o'clock, I started for home, and with
rapid walking I reached my destination about
two hours after sunrise. When I reached the
plantation I "cut across lots," and passed through
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