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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.             61
form your part of the contract notwithstanding;
yet what Mr. Wilson is pleased to consider faults
in you I deem good points in your character and
disposition, therefore I will hire you, hoping that
your duty to God will include your duty to me
under the contract of hire." I told him that
was my understanding of my duty to God; that
it comprised, in my condition of servitude, my
duty to my slave-master.  I informed Mr. Dans-
ley that my master, Wilson, wanted thirty dollars
per month for my services, and that I wanted
five dollars per month for myself, making in all
thirty-five dollars per month.  He was satisfied
to pay that amount, and gave me a letter to carry
to Wilson stating that he would hire me at thirty
dollars per month, yet he agreed with me that he
would pay me, besides, five dollars per month.
  When Wilson gave me instructions to hire
myself out at not less than thirty dollars per
month, he hoped I would fail, from the fact that
wages for field-hands were only twenty-five dol-
lars per month; and when I went back with Mr.
Dansley's letter so soon, he was somewhat sur-
prised. He would have opened his eyes with
wonder if he had known that Dansley was to
pay me five dollars per month extra. He gave
me a written permission to work for Mr. Dansley
as long as Dansley should want me. I immedi-




			
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