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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.            51
uncle Jack before and at our final separation
came to me in full force. They taught me, be-
fore I could read for myself, that in trouble I
should rely implicitly on the help of my Savior,
and that I should pray without ceasing. To
God I immediately turned for guidance and
help, and asked that my every step might be
directed by him, and that he should protect me
from my enemies and persecutors.
  I felt that I was being persecuted for Jesus'
sake, for I was promised, time and again, that
if I would quit preaching and talking to the
slaves on religious subjects, I should be advanced
and my life made easy and comfortable. I re-
fused the offers, because my Master's work was
of more importance than my ease. I was im-
pressed, deeply, with the great responsibilities
resting upon me, and was determined to preach
and teach while I had strength and opportunity
to do so. I may have been mistaken with re-
gard to the cause of my persecution by the
Wilsons, but I think not. I do not really
believe that any one is persecuted for Christ's
sake in this day and age of the world, in a
Christian country, except in the South before
the rebellion. I have heard men, and, I am
almost ashamed to say, preachers, proclaim that
they were persecuted because of their adherence




			
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