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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
			
 50          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
the field where Wilson was at work with the
hands. I approached, unobserved by him, and
spoke to him. He looked at me with astonish-
ment, and in surprise asked, "What are you
doing here?"
  "You told me to stay one month; I done so,"
I answered.
  "Did Mr. Leadbitter know when you left?"
  "I do not know, sir," I replied.  "I left at
three o'clock this morning, and did not think it
worth while to disturb Mr. Leadbitter's rest."
  "Three o'clock!" exclaimed Wilson.
  "Yes, sir," I quietly answered.
  "You ran away, did you?"
  "No, sir, I did not run away. I stayed as
long as you required me to stay, when, in obedi-
ence to your expressed promises, I came home."
  James Wilson made some remark I could no
understand, but finally said that as I had come
home he had some work for me to do before I
could hire myself out. I felt somewhat easy in
my mind, and waited to be set to work.  But
when he afterwards told me he wanted me to
take a load of cotton to Memphis, my heart
misgave me.  I felt sure, in my mind, that I
was to be sold from the slave-pens at Memphis.
The grand trial time had now come for me, and
the teachings of my mother and uncle Ben and




			
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