1 Captain Auld was not born a slaveholder.
2 We seldom called him "master;" we generally called him "Captain Auld," and were hardly disposed to title him at all.
3 My master's son-in-law, Captain Auld, was master of the vessel; she was otherwise manned by the colonel's own slaves.
4 My master's family consisted of two sons, Andrew and Richard; one daughter, Lucretia, and her husband, Captain Thomas Auld.
5 Mr. and Mrs. Auld were both at home, and met me at the door with their little son Thomas, to take care of whom I had been given.
6 And here I saw what I had never seen before; it was a white face beaming with the most kindly emotions; it was the face of my new mistress, Sophia Auld.
7 The most I had to do was to drive up the cows at evening, keep the fowls out of the garden, keep the front yard clean, and run of errands for my old master's daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Auld.
8 Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read.
9 I was kept in this way about one week, at the end of which, Captain Auld, my master, to my surprise and utter astonishment, came up, and took me out, with the intention of sending me, with a gentleman of his acquaintance, into Alabama.