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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
			
 92          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
by Mr. Thompson, and was required to keep an
eye on the overseer, and to report any enormities
that might be committed by him.
   Mr. Thompson was a wealthy planter and kept
a general overseer, besides the usual field bosses;
yet there were other slaves on the plantation who
had the confidence of the master and were put at
such service as required intelligence and integrity.
  The position in which I was now placed was
difficult and onerous; but I did my duty to the
very best of my ability, and satisfactorily to my
master. The overseer soon found out that I was
his overseer; and he used every means, and various
plans, to drive me to do something that would
degrade me in the eyes of Mr. Thompson. It
was only by reason of the greatest forbearance
and the very closest attention to my duties that I
escaped his machinations; and by attending to
everything with the most scrupulous care he
could find no fault with me, that had truth for
its foundation. But the constant and pertinacious
maliciousness of the overseer, and my own weak-
ness, eventually brought me to grief.
  As a rule, when a bad and wicked man under-
takes any species of devilishness he generally pre-
vails, for a time, and is apparently successful in
his schemes; and should he meet with failure at
the onset his want of success only maddens him




			
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