1 I was seldom free from a sore back.
2 We could see no spot, this side of the ocean, where we could be free.
3 I have been frequently asked how I felt when I found myself in a free State.
4 It may be that my misery in slavery will only increase my happiness when I get free.
5 It recalled the departed self-confidence, and inspired me again with a determination to be free.
6 I would sometimes say to them, I wished I could be as free as they would be when they got to be men.
7 All at once, the white carpenters knocked off, and said they would not work with free colored workmen.
8 They both advised me to run away to the north; that I should find friends there, and that I should be free.
9 Sandy had a free wife who lived about four miles from Mr. Covey's; and it being Saturday, he was on his way to see her.
10 I talked to them of our want of manhood, if we submitted to our enslavement without at least one noble effort to be free.
11 And I have the happiness to know, that several of those who came to Sabbath school learned how to read; and that one, at least, is now free through my agency.
12 But, by this time, I began to want to live upon free land as well as with Freeland; and I was no longer content, therefore, to live with him or any other slaveholder.
13 Their reason for this, as alleged, was, that if free colored carpenters were encouraged, they would soon take the trade into their own hands, and poor white men would be thrown out of employment.
14 I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed.
15 I held my Sabbath school at the house of a free colored man, whose name I deem it imprudent to mention; for should it be known, it might embarrass him greatly, though the crime of holding the school was committed ten years ago.
16 Mr. Freeland had many of the faults peculiar to slaveholders, such as being very passionate and fretful; but I must do him the justice to say, that he was exceedingly free from those degrading vices to which Mr. Covey was constantly addicted.