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Excerpt from The Life of Josiah Henson: Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada
After this brief period of comparative comfort, however, the death of Dr. Mcp. Brought about a revolution in our condition, which, common as such things are in slave countries, can never be imagined by those not subject to them, nor recol lected by those who have been, without emotions of grief and indignation deep and inefiaceable. The doctor was riding from one of his scenes of riotous excess, when, falling from his horse, in crossing a little run, not a foot deep, he was una ble to save himself from drowning.
In consequence of his decease, it became neces sary to sell the estate and the slaves, in order to divide the property among the heirs; and we wereall put up at auction and sold to the highest bidder, and scattered over various parts of the country. My brothers and sisters were bid off one by one, while my mother, holding my hand.
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