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I have had two masters. My first master's name was Anthony. I do not remember his first name. He  was generally called Captain Anthony — a title which, I presume, he acquired by sailing a craft on  the Chesapeake Bay. He was not considered a rich slaveholder. He owned two or three farms, and  about thirty slaves. His farms and slaves were under the care of an overseer. The overseer's name  was Plummer. Mr. Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster.  He always went armed with a cowskin and a heavy cudgel. I have known him to cut and slash the  women's heads so horribly, that even master would be enraged at his cruelty, and would threaten to  whip him if he did not mind himself. Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder. It required  extraordinary barbarity on the part of an overseer to affect him. He was a cruel man, hardened by a 
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