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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.              69
and uneducated whites at the beginning of my
labors as an exhorter, but after hard study and
training I improved myself greatly in this re-
spect, and gained the reputation of being as
correct in my pronunciation of English words
as the majority of the white preachers. I am
not yet entirely free from dialectic pronunciation,
and never expect to be; but I find that this very
defect, if so it may be called, adds force to my
sermons, and gives them a distinctness not other-
wise attainable. Therefore I make use of my
very faults to do good.
  I had hoped to stay with Mr. Dansley as long
as he could find it profitable to hire me; and so
far I had been of great use to him. I had placed
his whole farm in a good state of repair, and had
matured and saved his crops in such a manner
that his profits were much larger than they ever
were before in any one season. I had the good-
will and confidence of the hands, both white and
black, who worked under me, and was an instru-
ment in the hands of God in spreading the relig-
ion of Jesus Christ in the neighborhood; conse-
quently I was happy and contented, with plenty
of all kinds of work to do. But I had accom-
plished my mission at this place, and it pleased
God to remove me to another field of labor,
where the harvest was ripe and ready for the




			
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