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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.            97
Almighty God to help me in my hour of need,
and keep me steadfast. I knew I was to be pun-
ished not for any fault or misdoing, but simply to
gratify a brute in human shape, and my inferior
in intellect, morality, and physical strength. The
burden was hard to bear, yet I prayed for strength
to bear it. When called from the field to the
weighing-house I was kept waiting until all the
other slaves had their cotton weighed. When
mine was weighed I was told by Hines that I had
only picked four hundred pounds. I verily be-
lieved this to be untrue, and felt convinced that I
had picked at least five hundred pounds, for I was
one of the best, if not the best, cotton-pickers in
the country; and I had labored faithfully and
rapidly all day, and did not lose a minute's time,
unnecessarily.
  Hines turned to me and said, Go to your quar-
ters; I will settle with you in the morning.
  Now began new trials. My duty and my Chris-
tianity instructed me to face the undeserved and
unjust punishment manfully. The devil and my
human nature told me to run away. I became
weak. The fear of the disgrace of a whipping
was too much for me, and I succumbed to the evil
one.
  I made such arrangements as I could, and con-
cealed myself on the plantation, before daylight
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