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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.            75
the horse's back. Wilson was furious, and swore
he would take as much hide from my back when
we got home as the saddle had taken from the
horse's back.
  The next day after leaving Salisbury we ar-
rived at Mr. Dansley's. In conversation, I heard
Wilson tell Mr. Dansley that he intended to take
me home with him.
  I claimed the fulfillment of his promise from
Wilson, and asked him if he was not going to let
me work for Mr. Dansley, according to agreement.
This so enraged Wilson that he pulled out his
six-shooter, and exclaimed:
  "Mount that horse, you--black rascal!"
  I did so.
  Fearful that the horse's back would become in-
curably sore if I rode him with his back in the
condition it was, I suggested that the horse had
better be led. Wilson therefore ordered me into
the wagon to drive the team, and required Havely,
my fellow-slave, to walk,--intending we should
take turns. After awhile Havely exchanged
places with me, and while walking along in rear
of the wagon it occurred to me that this would
be as favorable an opportunity as I would soon
again get for making my escape from Wilson and
slavery.
  I "took to the woods" without attracting the




			
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