MY BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD.
Earliest memories.—Born in Maryland.—My father's fight
with an overseer.—One hundred stripes and his ear cut off 13
MY FIRST GREAT TRIAL.
Origin of my name.—A kind master.—He is drowned.—My
mother's prayers.—A slave-auction.—Torn from my mother.
—Severe sickness.—A cruel master 17
MY BOYHOOD AND YOUTH.
Early employment.—Slave-life.—Food, lodging, clothing.—
Amusements.—Gleams of sunshine.—My knight-errantry 22"
My praying mother.—A good man.—Hear a sermon for the
first time.—Its effect upon me 28
MAIMED FOR LIFE.
Taking care of my drunken master.—His fight with an over¬
seer.—Rescue him.—Am terribly beaten by the overseer 34
A RESPONSIBLE JOURNEY.
My marriage.—Marriage of my master.—His ruin.—Comes to
me for aid. —A great enterprise undertaken.—Long and suc¬
cessful journey.—Incidents by the way 41
A NEW HOME.
Become a Methodist preacher.—My poor companions sold.—
My agony.—Sent for again 4ft
RETURN TO MARYLAND.
Reception from my old master.—A slave again.—Appeal 56
TAKEN SOUTH, AWAY FROM WIFE AND CHILDREN.
Start for New Orleans.—Study navigation on the Mississippi 64
A TERRIBLE TEMTTATION.
Sigh for death.—A murder in my heart.—The axe raised 68