12 SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA.
had it been sound. Its outside value might have
been about three-pence English money.
The morning after our arrival, my mother was
set to plough, and I was put to grub and hoe.
She also had other very hard work to do, such as
making fences, grubbing bushes, fetching and
burning brush, and such like. I had the same
kind of work to do, though being small, I could
only help my mother a very little, except in the
tobacco-fields, where I was of most use, picking
off tobacco-worms from the leaves. This was,
also, the principal occupation of the children,
from the time they could get about to do any
thing at all, until they grew old and strong
enough to go to harder work.
I said our master was very cruel. I will give one
instance of the fact. I and my little brother Curtis
were sent up one day to the house. Passing through
the grounds, where there was a large number of
water-melons, they tempted us, we being very
thirsty. So we took one and ate it. The value
of it was not half a farthing. We did not know
we were seen. James Davis, however, was not
far from us, and soon overtook us. He swore at
us for thieving his property, and as I was the
biggest, and had taken the fruit, he at once set to