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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
			
66          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
neighborhood after they learned the way to Jesus,
and many happy times we did have on that farm
at our prayer - meetings and social gatherings.
All of us would meet at some convenient place
on the farm, every Sabbath-day, and would spend
the time profitably, in exhortation and prayer.
The master and mistress were always there, and
worked with a will in the cause of Christ, and I
would exhort and preach to the best of my abili-
ty. Sometimes Mr. Dansley would read a chapter
from the Bible and comment thereon, and some-
times his wife would read and comment. All of
us prayed, and some of the white hands became,
in a short time, earnest public prayers. They
had found the fount of true happiness, and would
drink largely therefrom on all occasions.
  Our regular Sunday meetings soon became
known in the neighborhood, and the neighbors
and their slaves would come and worship with
us, until our congregations became so large that
Mr. Dansley allowed me to take the hands and
clear away a nice place in the woods, and make
seats and a stand, where we held our meetings
regularly thereafter every Sunday, in the forenoon,
afternoon, and at night; besides, we held a social
prayer-meeting every Wednesday evening. These
meetings were productive of great good to the
community and to individuals.  In this way I




			
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