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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
			
                CHAPTER VI.
Was hired to Mr. Thompson, and adopted his name-
  Opened regular meetings, and preached on the planta-
  tion and other places-Took unto myself a wife-Was
  purchased by Thompson, duly installed on the planta-
  tion, and invested with authority-Various means and
  plans resorted to by the overseer to degrade me in the
  eyes of Mr. Thompson-Driven, through persecution,
  to run away-Returned back to my master.
  A short time after I came in from the woods
Wilson determined to hire me to a man named
Thompson, who lived about twenty miles away.
I made no objection, and was duly hired for the
term of three years.
  I adopted the name  "Thompson," from my
new master, which I have since retained.
  The slaves of the South are usually named like
brutes, with only one name for a designation, and
it became customary among the slaves to adopt
the surname of their masters. I had never
adopted the name of Wilson, because I disliked
the man; but as soon as I was hired to Mr.
Thompson I took his name, therefore I was hence-
forth known as Charles Thompson. The adoption




			
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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


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