1 My connection with Master Daniel was of some advantage to me.
2 He became quite attached to me, and was a sort of protector of me.
3 She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone.
4 He would not allow the older boys to impose upon me, and would divide his cakes with me.
5 Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery.
6 Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest intimation of who my father was.
7 A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood.
8 The nearest estimate I can give makes me now between twenty-seven and twenty-eight years of age.
9 The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness.
10 Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds.
11 Besides, she was going to give me a pair of trousers, which I should not put on unless I got all the dirt off me.
12 She made her journeys to see me in the night, travelling the whole distance on foot, after the performance of her day's work.
13 My home was charmless; it was not home to me; on parting from it, I could not feel that I was leaving any thing which I could have enjoyed by staying.
14 The opinion was also whispered that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from me.
15 The mere recurrence to those songs, even now, afflicts me; and while I am writing these lines, an expression of feeling has already found its way down my cheek.
16 I had two sisters and one brother, that lived in the same house with me; but the early separation of us from our mother had well nigh blotted the fact of our relationship from our memories.
17 I spent the time in washing, not so much because I wished to, but because Mrs. Lucretia had told me I must get all the dead skin off my feet and knees before I could go to Baltimore; for the people in Baltimore were very cleanly, and would laugh at me if I looked dirty.
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