Testimony of Henry Nlue
I learned the trade of a blacksmith in Kentucky. I should have been
perfectly miserable to have had to work all my life for another man
for nothing. As soon as I had arrived to years of discretion, I felt
determined that I would not be a slave all my days. My master was a
kind and honorable man; purchased no slaves himself: what he had,
came by marriage. He used to say it was wrong to hold slaves, and
a good many who hold them say the same. It's a habit-they mean,
they say, to set them free at such a time, or such a time,-by and
by they die, and the children hold on to the slaves.
I purchased my freedom, and remained in Kentucky awhile; then
removed to Cincinnati; thence to Chatham. Every thing goes well
with me in Canada; I have no reason to complain.
I think that if a slaveholder offers his servant freedom, on
condition that he will earn and pay a certain sum, and the slave accepts
freedom on that condition, he is bound in honor to pay the sum
Some poor, ignorant fellows may be satisfied with their condition as slaves, but, as a general thing, they are not satisfied with being slaves.