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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.           63
system of slavery and slave-laws, and slave-
owners are responsible for their condition. Such
were the kind of men I had to work with.
These men would quarrel and wrangle among
themselves, and would consume time and neglect
their work. When the house-servants were at
work in the field, they would insult and misuse
them in every conceivable manner, and it was
with great difficulty that Mr. Dansley could get
his work done properly and in season.  Knowing
I had been a farm-superintendent on Wilson's
plantation for a number of years, Mr. Dansley
immediately appointed me to the same position
on his farm, which accounts for his readiness
and willingness to pay me high wages.
  This was a new kind of position for me, and
it required considerable thought and manage-
ment for me to get matters properly arranged
in my mind.  "Bossing" white hands and work-
ing with them, so as to make their labors profit-
able for my employer, was no easy task. The
farm-work was carried on somewhat similar to
the way in which large farms are worked in the
northern states, and it required great prudence
and watchful care to avoid waste and save all the
crops. I arranged my rules of conduct, hours of
labor, etc., for the hands, and submitted them to
Mr. Dansley for his approval.  Mr. Dansley left




			
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