74 - Douglass', 1834." "Freeland...

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Douglass' tenure with Covey ended after a year, and he was hired out to William Freeland in January  1834. Douglass calls Freeland "the best master I ever had, till I became my own master." Freeland  never hit Douglass, but, more important, he didn't profess religiosity. Douglass tells the reader that  religious slave owners are all unparalleled hypocrites, vicious and perverse. Douglass soon grew attached to other slaves with whom he worked, and together they celebrated  the Sabbath. Douglass became the Sabbath school instructor to his fellow slaves, a task he enjoyed  greatly. In 1835, Douglass began to think seriously about escaping. Together with several other slaves, he  planned to steal a canoe and row up Chesapeake Bay. He even forged notes stating that they had  permission from their owners to travel to Baltimore. This escape attempt failed, however, before it 
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