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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
			
84           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
  I again sinned, and paid the penalty. I lied to
the man. I told him I belonged to a man by the
name of Potts, and that I was going to his plan-
tation.
  Quite a number of persons soon gathered
around me, and by repeated questions entrapped
me. Inquiries were made as to the health of Mr.
Potts' family, and of Mr. Potts in particular. I
stated that the family were well and that Mr.
Potts was as well as usual.
  It turned out that several of the persons present
knew the Potts family, and that Mr. Potts had
died two months previously.
  I was immediately arrested and placed in a se-
cure place, tied and chained to the floor.
  Thus sin brought me into trouble.  Had  I
trusted to God and not been in too great haste
to get something to eat, he would have helped
me. My weakness made me forget that I should
not lie to any one, seeing that I had put off the
old man with his deeds. In my great need of
strengthening food, Christ would have succored
me had I not forgotten to pray to him and ask
his help, for "a man can receive nothing except it
be given him from heaven."
  In nearly all the villages of the South, and on
most of the large plantations, were slave-jails,
where runaway and refractory slaves were in-




			
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