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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.            91
retaining me, and made efforts to that effect.  He
sent me to Wilson to learn the price set for me.
I arrived in due time, when Wilson informed me
that he would sell me to Thompson, but that he
would not take less than twelve hundred dollars,
cash.
  The proposition did not seem to please Thomp-
son, but after a time he concluded to buy me, and
sent his son to Wilson with the purchase money.
The purchase at that particular time was lucky
for me, as Wilson had written Thompson a very
abusive letter, and it was received by Mr. Thomp-
son on the evening of the day on which his son
went to Wilson's to buy me. The bargain was
made, however, and I was duly transferred to my
new master, by delivery and a bill of sale. The
personal matter between Wilson and Thompson
soon blew over, and I was duly installed on the
plantation as one of the chattel fixtures.
  I seemed to take a new lease of life from this
time, and determined, if possible, to profit by
former experiences and shun every appearance of
ill-nature and evil intentions, and to gain the con-
fidence of my new master, that I might better do
the work of my heavenly Master. All nature
seemed lovely to me, and I was happy in doing
my duty and obliging the will of God.
  I was invested with authority on the plantation




			
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