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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
			
82           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
supplies of food from friendly slaves, but for the
twenty-four hours previous to my raid on the
kitchen I had eaten nothing. I make no excuse
for this immoral act, and ask no one to say I did
right. I only did what perhaps any one else,
under the same circumstances, would have done.
I was too weak from hunger and other causes to
withstand the temptation of obtaining the food
as I did.  As soon as my appetite was satisfied,
however, my sin rose up before me in all its enor-
mity; I felt distressed; and it came vividly in my
mind, "In that Christ hath suffered, being tempted,
he is able to succor them that are tempted."  Oh,
what had I done! I had lost God's help in this
my hour of trial.  I prayed for forgiveness, and
asked God to direct and protect me. Yet I felt
uneasy and depressed,--not that my faith in Jesus
was any the less, but that my sin would bring its
own punishment.
    "There is many a pang to pursue me;
       They may crush, but they shall not contemn-
     They may torture, but shall not subdue me,-
       'Tis of God I think-not of them."
  About daylight I reached a forest in which I
could conceal myself during the day.  I slept
soundly, being undisturbed, until dark, when I
proceeded onward. While traveling that night
I was compelled to pass a large plantation. I was




			
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