1 This very bay shall yet bear me into freedom.
2 I thought the possibility of freedom was gone.
3 From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom.
4 The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness.
5 It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery, to the heaven of freedom.
6 During these leisure times, those old notions about freedom would steal over me again.
7 It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of my own manhood.
8 I expected to have been safe in a land of freedom; but now I was covered with gloom, sunk down to the utmost despair.
9 Their object seems to be, to disgust their slaves with freedom, by plunging them into the lowest depths of dissipation.
10 The mode here adopted to disgust the slave with freedom, by allowing him to see only the abuse of it, is carried out in other things.
11 At times I would rise up, a flash of energetic freedom would dart through my soul, accompanied with a faint beam of hope, that flickered for a moment, and then vanished.
12 I therefore, though with great prudence, commenced early to ascertain their views and feelings in regard to their condition, and to imbue their minds with thoughts of freedom.
13 Every man stood firm; and at our last meeting, we pledged ourselves afresh, in the most solemn manner, that, at the time appointed, we would certainly start in pursuit of freedom.
14 Thus, when the slave asks for virtuous freedom, the cunning slaveholder, knowing his ignorance, cheats him with a dose of vicious dissipation, artfully labelled with the name of liberty.
15 He argued that if one slave refused to be corrected, and escaped with his life, the other slaves would soon copy the example; the result of which would be, the freedom of the slaves, and the enslavement of the whites.
16 We owe something to the slave south of the line as well as to those north of it; and in aiding the latter on their way to freedom, we should be careful to do nothing which would be likely to hinder the former from escaping from slavery.
17 It is possible, and even quite probable, that but for the mere circumstance of being removed from that plantation to Baltimore, I should have to-day, instead of being here seated by my own table, in the enjoyment of freedom and the happiness of home, writing this Narrative, been confined in the galling chains of slavery.
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