This chapter shows that the author was born a freeman, and for more than thirty years enjoyed the blessings of liberty in a free State. Having at the end of that time been kidnapped and sold into Slavery—where the author remained, until happily rescued in the month of January, 1853, after a bondage of twelve years—it was suggested that an account of his life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public. Since his return to liberty, the author had not failed to perceive the increasing interest throughout the Northern States in regard to the subject of Slavery. Works of fiction, professing to portray its features in their more pleasing as well as more repugnant aspects, had been circulated to an extent unprecedented, and had created a fruitful topic of comment and discussion.
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