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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
			
               CHAPTER IV.
Start out on my Travels to Hunt a New Master-Find
  Mr. Dansley-Hire to Him-Thirty  Dollars per
  Month for my Master and Five Dollars for Myself-
  Wilson Astonished--Appointed Superintendent of
  Dansley's Farm-Rules and Regulations-Peace and
  Tranquillity-My Moral Labors Successful-Prayer
  and Social Meetings-Meetings in the Woods-Quarrel
  and Fight like very Brothers-Time comes to be
  Moved to Another Field of Labor.
  It was customary in the slave states to allow
slaves to hire themselves for their masters to
such as the slaves themselves desired to work
for.  Sometimes this arrangement was made
to save the master trouble. In my case I was
instructed to find a place to work at thirty
dollars per month and board, and then to return
and report to Wilson, who would then give the
necessary permission in writing, which would
stand as a contract between him and my em-
ployer.
  My first object was to find a Christian man to
hire to who would allow me to pray and preach
on all proper occasions, and who would rather




			
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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


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