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And indeed I soon found that he fully deserved the good character which Captain Doran had given of him; for he possessed a most amiable disposition and temper, and was very charitable and humane. If any of his slaves behaved amiss he did not beat or use them ill, but parted with them. This made them afraid of disobliging him; and as he treated his slaves better than any other man on the island, so he was better and more faithfully served by them in return. By his kind treatment I did at last endeavour to compose myself; and with fortitude, though moneyless, determined to face whatever fate had decreed for me. Mr King soon asked me what I could do; and at the same time said he did not mean to treat me as a common slave. I told him I knew something of seamanship, and could shave and dress hair pretty well; and I could refine wines, which I had learned on shipboard, where I had often done it; and that I could write, and understood arithmetic tolerably well as far as the Rule of Three. He then asked me if I knew anything of gauging; and, on my answering that I did not, he said one of his clerks should teach me to gauge.

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I soon found that he was as good a man as Captain Doran had said. He was friendly, good-tempered, charitable and kind. If any of his slaves misbehaved, he did not beat them or treat them badly, he just got rid of them. This made the slaves afraid of upsetting him. He treated his slaves better than any other man on the island and, as a result, he was better served by them. His kind treatment made me determined to accept whatever fate had in store for me. Mr King asked me what I could do, saying that he did not mean to treat me as a common slave. I told him that I knew a little about seamanship, could shave and dress hair pretty well, that I could refine wines, that I could write and understood a bit of arithmetic. He asked me if I knew anything about gauging. I said that I did not and he said that another one of his slaves would teach me to gauge.

 

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