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Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest intimation of who my father was. The  whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little  consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders  have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the  condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a  gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning  arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master  and father. I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships,  and have more to contend with, than others. They are, in the first place, a constant offence to their 
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