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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.          101
set up a furious barking.  Fearing to stay and
make my wants known I again sought "cover"
in the swamp. I stayed in the swamp that day
and ate such berries, roots, and nuts as I could
find. I had plenty of time for prayer and med-
itation. I was alone with God, and prayed to
him for help in my distress, and for direction. I
became convinced that I had done wrong in run-
ning away, and deemed that I had sinned against
God. I had been a runaway and an outcast
before, and had came to right conclusions; yet I
had turned from the path of duty, and was even
now being punished for my sin. I determined to
return to my master and take the consequences of
my acts in running away. I asked God to have
mercy on me and pardon my sins, and protect me
from the wrath of my master and the malicious-
ness of Hines. Having fully made up my mind
to return to Thompson and make such efforts as I
could to allay the punishment I expected to re-
ceive, I set about perfecting my plans to get
there without being apprehended by the slave-
hunters, who were then, I have no doubt, hunting
for me.  My master had offered a reward for my
return to his plantation; and should any one arrest
me and take me home, although I might be re-
turning on my own accord, they would receive
the reward and I would have to make up the




			
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