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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.            73
stopped.  As soon as he was able to be moved I
took him to the Sulphur Springs, not many miles
away, and nursed him carefully and attentively
until he was able to be about again.
  This sickness of Wilson I deemed a warning
to him, and endeavored to impress as much on
his mind; but I was cursed and reviled for my
pains. I availed myself of every opportunity to
dissuade him from his evil purpose, but failed.
He was determined to start a grocery, and start
a grocery he would and did. I cleared my skirts
and conscience in the business, however, as far
as I could under the circumstances; yet a "still
small voice" seemed to whisper to me that I
was doing very wicked and sinful acts in helping
to further the grocery iniquity. I was, in a
manner, forced to work, yet I was uneasy and
troubled in my mind.  Others may think I was
blameless; that I was a slave and not accountable
for acts my master commanded me to do. This
seemed very specious reasoning, but still I felt
guilty, and sent fervent and prayerful petitions to
the throne of grace for forgiveness and fortitude
to withstand temptation, which enable me to do
the will of my great Master regardless of the con-
sequences that might ensue to me from the effects
of Wilson's wrath or resentment.
  We finished the building in about two months




			
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