1 I lived with Mr. Covey one year.
2 Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me.
3 Mr. Covey was a poor man, a farm-renter.
4 Mr. Covey's forte consisted in his power to deceive.
5 Mr. Covey gave us enough to eat, but scarce time to eat it.
6 On my return, I told Mr. Covey what had happened, and how it happened.
7 Mr. Covey bought her from Mr. Thomas Lowe, about six miles from St. Michael's.
8 Mr. Covey was one of the few slaveholders who could and did work with his hands.
9 At this result Mr. Covey seemed to be highly pleased, both with the man and the wretched woman.
10 I was sometimes prompted to take my life, and that of Covey, but was prevented by a combination of hope and fear.
11 Mr. Covey had acquired a very high reputation for breaking young slaves, and this reputation was of immense value to him.
12 He resolved to put me out, as he said, to be broken; and, for this purpose, he let me for one year to a man named Edward Covey.
13 If at any one time of my life more than another, I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery, that time was during the first six months of my stay with Mr. Covey.
14 The details of this affair are as follows: Mr. Covey sent me, very early in the morning of one of our coldest days in the month of January, to the woods, to get a load of wood.
15 Some slaveholders thought it not much loss to allow Mr. Covey to have their slaves one year, for the sake of the training to which they were subjected, without any other compensation.
16 I had been at my new home but one week before Mr. Covey gave me a very severe whipping, cutting my back, causing the blood to run, and raising ridges on my flesh as large as my little finger.
17 The facts in the case are these: Mr. Covey was a poor man; he was just commencing in life; he was only able to buy one slave; and, shocking as is the fact, he bought her, as he said, for a breeder.
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