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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
			
86          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
  About two o'clock on the last morning I stayed
there I awoke and felt fresh, and found that my
strength had in a great measure returned. Upon
looking around the moonlit room I found that I
was alone. To escape was my very first intention.
Getting out of bed I examined the window to the
cabin, when I found I could raise it easily. I
gathered what clothes I could find, as well as a
blanket from the bed, and climbing through the
window made my escape unobserved. I did not
stop to put on my clothes until I had got two or
three miles from the plantation.
  I stayed in the woods about three weeks, when I
returned to my master and asked his forgiveness,
and promised that I would never run away again.
I was forgiven.
  During my three weeks' starving and hiding in
the woods I had ample time for reflection and
thought. Prayerfully I considered my situation
and asked God's help to direct me. I came to
the conclusion that I was entirely wrong in my
course. God, for his own good purpose, had
placed me in bondage, and in his good time he
would relieve me either by death or emancipa-
tion. My hardships, I felt, were by reason of my
disobedience to God's will. Although I was a
slave God had given me my task in his vineyard
as a slave, and I should have fronted the wrath of




			
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