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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.             57
position in life we may be placed. Uncle Ben
and I did then, and we do yet.
  After a prolonged conversation and a good
and refreshing season of prayer I took my
departure for my camp, never expecting to meet
my relative again, and never have.
  We started next morning on our way to Mem-
phis, and traveled into Memphis, after three days,
on a very fine road for the South, known as the
state-line road. We drove to the cotton-yard,
unloaded, and received the receipts for the cotton,
and put up for the night at a wagon-yard.  I
spent this night in prayer and supplication that
God would save me from the slave-pen and the
auctioneer's block; and my prayers were re-
sponded to in my protection. The next morn-
ing we started for home by what was known
as the pigeon-roost route, in order to save toll
and other expenses.
  The weight on my mind was removed, and I
felt happy and thankful. I was not sold from
the shambles. I prayed, I sung, and I shouted
by turns. We arrived at home, and I waited
patiently for my next order.
  My young master soon informed me, however,
that I might hire myself out, if I could find and
one that would hire me. Good! God was on
my side. With a light heart and truly happy I




			
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