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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
			
78          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
ises, including the cotton-pens in which I was
hid; but God was on my side, and I was saved
from their clutches. I earnestly thanked God for
my deliverance on this occasion.
  As soon as dark came I emerged from my hid-
ing-place, and, after being supplied with what
provisions I could conveniently carry, I bid
good-by to Christian Dansley and his family, and
started on my perilous journey to the free states
and Canada.
  My progress was necessarily slow and weari-
some, being compelled to travel altogether at
night. The first point I designed making on
my journey was Memphis, where I hoped to find
means of escape to Illinois.
  I had plenty of time for meditation and prayer,
and my thoughts were naturally concentrated on
my deplorable condition all the time. My past
life came up in review before me, and while sor-
rowfully wandering through the woods I would
compare myself to persecuted Christians in the
days of the apostles and the early evaneglists.
The blessed Savior was persecuted in his very in-
fancy and had to be hid by his parents. They
had to flee for life; I was fleeing for liberty.
What had I to complain of? Jesus was with me
and would protect me. God had delivered him
from the very tomb of death; why need I fear?




			
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