|CHAPTER III. -- THE SECOND MASTER FAILS, AND HIS SLAVES ARE SCATTERED.|
" Then I was sold to Georgia, Mr. Cook bought mother and me. When mother first went to Georgia she was a nurse, and suckled Madame Cook's child, with me. Afterward, she was a cook. I was a nurse. I always had plenty to do. Fast as one child would be walkin', then I would have another one to nurse."
Question (by the writer).--"Did your master ever whip you?"
Answer. --"Oh, very often; sometimes he would be drunk, and real funny, and would not whip me then. He had two or three kinds of drunks. Sometimes he would begin to fight at the front door, and fight every thing he come to. At other times he would be real funny."
Q. --"He was a planter, was he?"
A. --"Yes; he had a large cotton plantation, and warehouse where he kept all the cotton in, and stores up the country, in a little town--Monticello--and then he had some in Georgia. He used to give such big parties, and every thing, that he broke up. Then his creditors came, you know, and took all the property; and then he run off with my mother and me, and five other slaves, to Mobile, and hired us all out. He was goin' to have enough to wait on him, for he could not wait on his self. I was hired out to Mr. English. He was a real good man; I wouldn't care if I belonged to him, if I had to belong to any body. I'd like to swap Mr. Cook for him. Mr. English and his wife were very clever to me. They never whipped me. Mother had a little baby sister when we first went to Mobile--a little girl just running round. She died in Alabama. She had one before that, while she was in Georgia; but they all died but me and my brother, the oldest and the youngest."
Q. .--"Had she any one she called her husband while she was in Georgia?"
Q. --"Had she in Mobile?"
Q. --"Had she any children while she lived in Mobile?"
A. --"None but my brother, the baby when we were all sold."
Q. --"Who was the father of your brother, the baby you speak of?"
A. --"I don't know, except Mr. Cook was. Mother had three children while Mr. Cook owned her."
Q. --"Was your mother white?"
A. --"Yes, she pretty white; not white enough for white people. She have long hair, but it was kind a wavy
Q. --"Were you hired out in Mobile?"
A. --"Yes; with Mr. English."