IN giving the following sketches of my life to the
public, I sincerely hope that literary defects,
and errors of style, will be kindly overlooked.
Though I have endeavored to improve myself, yet
I cannot boast of an education, as my readers will
doubtless see. These sketches of my life, since
Emancipation, given in a simple style, illustrate, I
think, some phases of the "Southern Question"
They consist mainly of my own experience and
observation in the South and North, as a slave and
With these biographical sketches, I have added
for preservation, a pamphlet of sketches issued by
me in 1855, on the "Peculiar Institution", with an
introduction by Samuel May, Jr. This little work,
which will be seen in the back part of the book, I