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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
			
76           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
attention of either Wilson or Havely, and made
good my escape, for the time at least.
  I made my way back to Mr. Dansley's and told
him my reasons for endeavoring to effect my es-
cape from slavery, and that the immediate cause
of my present attempt was to keep myself clear
of the accursed sin of whisky-selling. My mo-
tives were applauded, but my judgment was con-
demned.
  How could I ever expect to escape to a country
where I could be a free man? Even should I
escape to the northern states the fugitive slave
law, which was then in full force, would remand
me back to slavery, and it was a long, tedious,
and perilous journey to Canada. I was going to
make the attempt at any rate.
  It was agreed between us that Mr. Dansley
should buy me of Wilson if he could, and that I
should stay and work for him at the rate of thirty-
five dollars per month until I had re-imbursed Mr.
Dansley, when I should have my freedom papers.
It would have required about four years for me to
pay for myself at those rates, as Wilson "priced"
me at sixteen hundred dollars.
 The negotiations for my purchase by Mr. Dansley
failed, and I was left to my exertions to get to
Canada the best way I could. I was secreted
during this time about Dansley's farm, and was




			
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