Excerpt from Josiah, the Maimed Fugitive: A True Tale
America, as elsewhere, followed the fortunes of the mother, and Josiah's mother being the property of m'pherson, her child likewise became his slave m'pherson was one of a class by no means uncom mon amongst slaveholders. A man of good generous impulses, liberal, jovial, and hearty, he was far more kind to his slaves than the planters generally were, never suffering them to be punished or struck by any one. No degree of arbitrary power could ever lead him to forget, like others, the dams of humanity, and exercise cruelty towards his dependents. As the first Negro child ever born to him, Josiah became his pet. He gave him his own Christian name, and added to it the name of Hensony after an uncle of his, whose memory he revered, and who was an officer in the Revolutionary war.
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