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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.            65
  These rules were signed by the hands, that is,
they "made their mark;" but I signed my name,
being the only negro hand on the place and the
only one who could write.
  Peace and tranquillity reigned on that farm
thereafter, and better crops were not raised in
the county. My whole study and aim was to do
right-to be just to my hands and do my duty
to my employer. I relied on God's help, and
prayerfully asked his guidance in every and all
difficulties and emergencies, and my success is
attributable to that help which is always given
when properly asked for.
  The men I had to deal with were more to be
pitied than blamed. They were entirely ignorant
of any but the most crude principles of right,
and were taught from their childhood only such
rude notions as prevailed among the ignorant.
When I talked to them of Jesus they seemed
astonished. They did not even know that pun-
ishment would meet them hereafter for their
sins committed in this life, and were puzzled and
perplexed with the plan of salvation until after
I had repeatedly explained it to them; in fact, I
taught them the history of man, from Adam
down to the coming of our Savior, and taught
them the religion of Jesus.  Better-behaved men
or better hands were not to be found in the
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