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I am strongly tempted to give the names of two or three of those little boys, as a testimonial of the gratitude and affection I bear them; but prudence forbids;—not that it would injure me, but it might embarrass them; for it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.

It was almost a sufficient motive, not only to make me take off what would be called by pig-drovers the mange, but the skin itself. I have seen Mary contending with the pigs for the offal thrown into the street.

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It may, perhaps, be fairly questioned, whether any other portion of the population of the earth could have endured the privations, sufferings and horrors of slavery, without having become more degraded in the scale of humanity than the slaves of African descent. The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness. I would not repel the repentant; but may my 'right hand forget her cunning and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,' if I forget the difference between the parties to that terrible, protracted, and bloody conflict. The great house itself was a large white wooden building with wings on three sides of it. She at first lacked the depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness. It touches the heart of the South through its pocket. Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it, and hired out on some farm a considerable distance off, and the child is placed under the care of an old woman, too old for field labor. It was early in the morning, when all was still, and before any of the family in the house or kitchen had risen. They were both in the room with Mrs. Starvation and death stared him in the face and marked him for their victim. His savage barbarity was equalled only by the consummate coolness with which he committed the grossest and most savage deeds upon the slaves under his charge. Many, under the influence of this prejudice, think their own masters are better than the masters of other slaves; and this, too, in some cases, when the very reverse is true. I supported him because he had done all, and would do all, he could to save not only the country from ruin but the emancipated class from oppression and ultimate destruction, and because Mr. Her back and shoulders were perfectly bare. The whole place wore a business-like aspect very unlike the neighboring farms.

Hayes, for reasons that must have been satisfactory to his judgment, preferred some person other than myself to attend upon him at the Executive Mansion and perform the ceremony of introducing on state occasions.

Gore was proud, ambitious, and persevering. The criminal was always dumb--and no slave was allowed to testify, other than against his brother slave.

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Beal Bondly. The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. Gore was a grave man, and, though a young man, he indulged in no jokes, said no funny words, seldom smiled. Both the commander and the officers under him bore themselves in a friendly manner towards me during all the voyage; and this is saying a great thing for them, for the spectacle presented by a colored man seated at the captain's table was not only unusual, but had never before occurred in the history of the United States navy. To favor annexation at the time when Santo Domingo asked for a place in our union, was a very different thing from what it was when Cuba and Central America were sought by fillibustering expeditions. It is an evasion of a solemn obligation and duty.

He carried the keys of all the store-houses, weighed and measured the allowances of each slave, at the end of each month; superintended the storing of all goods brought to the store-house; dealt out the raw material to the different handicraftsmen, shipped the grain, tobacco, and all other saleable produce of the numerous farms to Baltimore, and had a general oversight of all the workshops of the place.

As if all these direful outrages were not the natural results of slavery!

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His mangled body sank out of sight, and blood and brains marked the water where he had stood. My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant—before I knew her as my mother. In all my forty years of thought and labor to promote the freedom and welfare of my race, I never found myself more widely and painfully at variance with leading colored men of the country than when I opposed the effort to set in motion a wholesale exodus of colored people of the South to the Northern States; and yet I never took a position in which I felt myself better fortified by reason and necessity. Exodus would deprive him of this advantage. Compressed into it is a whole Alexandrian library of thought, feeling, and sentiment--all that can, all that need be urged, in the form of expostulation, entreaty, rebuke, against that crime of crimes,--making man the property of his fellow-man! He is a man-stealer. There was deep and tender pity in her glance at me, and a fiery indignation at Aunt Katy at the same moment, and while she took the corn from me, and gave in its stead a large ginger cake, she read Aunt Katy a lecture which was never forgotten. His horses were of the finest form and noblest blood. The overseer's children went off somewhere in the State to school, and therefore could bring no foreign or dangerous influence from abroad to embarrass the natural operation of the slave system of the place. We stand to-day at the beginning of a grand and beneficent reaction. Gore of any misdemeanor. Wade, Howe and White — the three commissioners; and by Mr. The city is too great to be small, and I think it will laugh at the ridiculous attempt to rouse it to a point of furious hostility to me for anything said in my Baltimore lecture. We sailed out of Miles River for Baltimore on a Saturday morning. In addition to all this he was frequently called abroad to Easton and elsewhere in the discharge of his numerous duties as chief agent of the estate.

Douglass Narrative shows how white slaveholders preserve slavery by keeping their slaves ignorant. As it was, they appeared as abhorrent as they were contemptible. To favor annexation at the time when Santo Domingo asked for a place in our union, was a very different thing from what it was when Cuba and Central America were sought by fillibustering expeditions.

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But while I felt for these poor deluded people, and did what I could to put a stop to their ill-advised and ill-arranged stampede, I also did what I could to assist such of them as were within my reach, who were on their way to this land of promise.

I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rending shrieks of an own aunt of mine, whom he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood.

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