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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
			
             BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.             89
of a name by myself may appear strange to a
great many of my readers, yet when it comes to
be considered that I was a human chattel, with
no rights or privileges of American citizenship,
and that I was without a name, except simply
"Charles," no surprise will be felt.
  I labored faithfully and honestly for Mr.
Thompson during my term of service, and en-
deavored in all things to do my duty. I made
such efforts as I could to bring the slaves on the
plantation to Jesus, and inaugurated regular and
stated meetings. I preached and exhorted on the
plantation and at other places where I could
gather the negroes to hear me; and I felt that I
was the means in God's hands of redeeming pre-
cious souls. In these meetings I had helpers from
among the most intelligent of the slaves, and
made such progress that at all our meetings we
would have a number of God-fearing whites to
pray with us.
  During my term of hired service with Mr.
Thompson I married a colored girl and added the
responsibilities of a husband to my various cares.
  The marriage of slaves was a mere formality
among themselves, there being nothing legal,
according to the laws of the southern states, about
the ceremony or marriage contract. The slaves
cohabited together in most instances with the ex-




			
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