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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
			
68          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
my ministry, and furnished me with all the argu-
ments necessary to the conversion of sinners and
their redemption.
  Our congregation at Mr. Dansley's was not
organized into a church, and I did not attempt
to receive members into the church of Christ. I
doubted my authority to do so, and any efforts
on my part in that direction would have been
immediately stopped by the preachers and mem-
bers of the white churches. But this did not
deter me from preaching and exhorting. I
believed firmly that God required of me the
labor I performed, and I was so much interested
and taken up in my work that I did not stop to
consider what the consequences would be to my-
self. My only consideration was, "Where can I
find an opportunity to do good and save souls."
I asked no pay for my services as a preacher,
and never received any; hence I usually found
congregations awaiting me at my appointments
made up of all classes, white and black, and from
all churches organized in the community. My
discourses were sometimes off-hand and some-
times studied. It is true my studied discourses
were, in the main, original, and taken wholly
from the Bible, yet they were none the less
effective, because they were earnest and honest.
My language was that of the southern blacks




			
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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


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