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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.             93
to greater exertions and more persistent efforts.
Being urged by the devil, and the devil being a
hard driver, he either rushes to his own destruc-
tion or destroys the happiness or lives of others.
Thus I was placed in the crucible for further re-
finement and regeneration. My humanity gave
way for some time; but God was with me, and in
the end I prevailed. The overseer's name was
Hines, and he belonged to that class of southern
whites who are noted for their ignorance and
brutality. He could read and write a little,-just
enough to make out a negro's pass or a receipt for
money paid on account of his employer. In this
respect I was far in advance of him, of which my
master was aware, and which was one of the
causes of Hines' excessive hatred of me, and of
his great desire to "put me down and make me
know my place," as he termed it. He was very
irreligious, and entirely wanting in every attribute
of a Christian.  He was also what in the South is
termed a "bully "-that is, he was free to use
his pistols on the slightest occasion, when among
his equals, but when in the presence of his
superiors he was a cringing sycophant and cow-
ard. He was a real coward, at best, in all places.
He did not want me on the plantation; and he was
determined that he would so harrass me that I
would become as reckless and devilish as himself,




			
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