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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.            67
brought men and women to God even while in
a condition of slavery, and required to labor six
days in the week in the grain and cotton fields.
If I, a slave, could accomplish this much, how
much should the favored preachers of the coun-
try accomplish?  This is a hard question to an-
swer, however, and I shall not insist on its
consideration, as every preacher can not be a
Lorenzo Dow, a John Smith, or a James
Findley.
  Among the field-hands under me were two
brothers, white men, who, when I first took
charge of the farm were maliciously wicked to-
ward each other, and were almost constantly
quarreling just like brothers (!). Before three
months had elapsed, under my kind of treatment,
they were praying, acting Christians, and re-
mained so as long as I knew them.
  From this time down to the present writing I
have been a zealous worker in the Lord's vine-
yard, and shall remain in the harness as long as
God wills.
  Regarding doctrinal points of theology I knew
nothing, and my whole stock of theological works
could have been carried in a vest pocket, in the
shape of one or two tracts which fell in my way,
and which I read, studied, and preserved. I had
a Bible, and that alone served me as the guide in




			
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