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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
			
54           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
therefore they could not commit the crime of big-
amy. If Ben was morally guilty, he was forced
into his guilt by law and general custom. I had
not seen Ben for about ten years, and was so
overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him that I
could scarcely wait until night, for I was inform-
ed that he would not be at his cabin until night.
After attending to my affairs about town I wait-
ed until sundown, when I went to the house
indicated by my informant. Not being certain
that the person who lived in the cabin was my
uncle, I necessarily had to make inquiries. A
colored woman met me at the door, and answer-
ed such questions as I asked, from which I was
satisfied that Ben lived here. I informed the
woman who I was and that Ben was my uncle,
and that I had called, in passing on my way to
Memphis, to see him.  She cordially invited
me to enter the cabin, and told me that Ben
was out feeding the horses and would shortly
be in. I had to wait but a little while when
Ben came in. He supposed me to be some
passing stranger, and did not recognize me.
After some desultory conversation I told him
who I was and how I came to be there.  Our
meeting, after mutual recognition, was affection-
ate and cordial. We talked over old times and
related our experience since we parted at the




			
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