1 He was not considered a rich slaveholder.
2 Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder.
3 He always went armed with a cowskin and a heavy cudgel.
4 He was a cruel man, hardened by a long life of slaveholding.
5 He would at times seem to take great pleasure in whipping a slave.
6 They are, in the first place, a constant offence to their mistress.
7 I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday.
8 She was hired by a Mr. Stewart, who lived about twelve miles from my home.
9 Mr. Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster.
10 My mother was of a darker complexion than either my grandmother or grandfather.
11 A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood.
12 He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit.
13 It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.
14 It was doubtless in consequence of a knowledge of this fact, that one great statesman of the south predicted the downfall of slavery by the inevitable laws of population.
15 Never having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence, her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of her death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger.
16 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.
17 Whether this prophecy is ever fulfilled or not, it is nevertheless plain that a very different-looking class of people are springing up at the south, and are now held in slavery, from those originally brought to this country from Africa; and if their increase do no other good, it will do away the force of the argument, that God cursed Ham, and therefore American slavery is right.
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