1 Mr. Severe was rightly named: he was a cruel man.
2 He was a cruel man, hardened by a long life of slaveholding.
3 "Wye Town" was under the overseership of a man named Noah Willis.
4 The young man's name was Ned Roberts, generally called Lloyd's Ned.
5 He was just the man for such a place, and it was just the place for such a man.
6 He was, in a word, a man of the most inflexible firmness and stone-like coolness.
7 It was enough to chill the blood and stiffen the hair of an ordinary man to hear him talk.
8 Mr. Gore was a grave man, and, though a young man, he indulged in no jokes, said no funny words, seldom smiled.
9 If they have any thing to say of their masters, it is generally in their masters' favor, especially when speaking to an untried man.
10 The poor man was then informed by his overseer that, for having found fault with his master, he was now to be sold to a Georgia trader.
11 The colonel, after ascertaining where the slave belonged, rode on; the man also went on about his business, not dreaming that he had been conversing with his master.
12 Mr. Hopkins was succeeded by Mr. Austin Gore, a man possessing, in an eminent degree, all those traits of character indispensable to what is called a first-rate overseer.
13 Had he been a man of pure morals himself, he might have been thought interested in protecting the innocence of my aunt; but those who knew him will not suspect him of any such virtue.
14 He had ordered her not to go out evenings, and warned her that she must never let him catch her in company with a young man, who was paying attention to her belonging to Colonel Lloyd.
15 The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.
16 I have seen Colonel Lloyd make old Barney, a man between fifty and sixty years of age, uncover his bald head, kneel down upon the cold, damp ground, and receive upon his naked and toil-worn shoulders more than thirty lashes at the time.
17 When Colonel Lloyd's slaves met the slaves of Jacob Jepson, they seldom parted without a quarrel about their masters; Colonel Lloyd's slaves contending that he was the richest, and Mr. Jepson's slaves that he was the smartest, and most of a man.
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