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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
			
96          BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
to do the very best he could under the circum-
stances.  He did not believe Hines; yet he had to
humor him, in a measure.
  After a few days Hines reported to Mr. Thomp-
son that he had heard me say that I would
never be whipped by him or any other overseer
on the plantation, as long as I had life to resist,
which was a most malicious falsehood.  What I
did tell Hines was, that I would so conduct myself
and so perform my work that he nor any other
overseer on the plantation should never have
cause to chastise me.
  The falsehood inflamed my master, and in his
wrath he told Hines to whip me for the first
offense I might commit, or kill me in the attempt.
  Armed with this instruction, Hines was in high
glee; yet he dare not attempt anything without
first laying well his plans and making sure of suffi-
cient force to carry them out.  The next morning
he charged me to pick six hundred pounds of
cotton and deliver it at the weighing-house at
night, under penalty, for a failure, of one hundred
lashes on my bare back with a rawhide.
  This would not have been an extraordinary
task in good cotton; but where we had to work
that day the cotton was poor, and in that field the
crop was not more than half a one. However, I
worked hard against fate all day, and prayed to




			
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