Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass eBook

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death in Ireland.”  I had the strongest desire to see Baltimore.  Cousin Tom, though not fluent in speech, had inspired me with that desire by his eloquent description of the place.  I could never point out any thing at the Great House, no matter how beautiful or powerful, but that he had seen something at Baltimore far exceeding, both in beauty and strength, the object which I pointed out to him.  Even the Great House itself, with all its pictures, was far inferior to many buildings in Baltimore.  So strong was my desire, that I thought a gratification of it would fully compensate for whatever loss of comforts I should sustain by the exchange.  I left without a regret, and with the highest hopes of future happiness.

We sailed out of Miles River for Baltimore on a Saturday morning.  I remember only the day of the week, for at that time I had no knowledge of the days of the month, nor the months of the year.  On setting sail, I walked aft, and gave to Colonel Lloyd’s plantation what I hoped would be the last look.  I then placed myself in the bows of the sloop, and there spent the remainder of the day in looking ahead, interesting myself in what was in the distance rather than in things near by or behind.

In the afternoon of that day, we reached Annapolis, the capital of the State.  We stopped but a few moments, so that I had no time to go on shore.  It was the first large town that I had ever seen, and though it would look small compared with some of our New England factory villages, I thought it a wonderful place for its size—­more imposing even than the Great House Farm!

We arrived at Baltimore early on Sunday morning, landing at Smith’s Wharf, not far from Bowley’s Wharf.  We had on board the sloop a large flock of sheep; and after aiding in driving them to the slaughterhouse of Mr. Curtis on Louden Slater’s Hill, I was conducted by Rich, one of the hands belonging on board of the sloop, to my new home in Alliciana Street, near Mr. Gardner’s ship-yard, on Fells Point.

Mr. and Mrs. Auld were both at home, and met me at the door with their little son Thomas, to take care of whom I had been given.  And here I saw what I had never seen before; it was a white face beaming with the most kindly emotions; it was the face of my new mistress, Sophia Auld.  I wish I could describe the rapture that flashed through my soul as I beheld it.  It was a new and strange sight to me, brightening up my pathway with the light of happiness.  Little Thomas was told, there was his Freddy,—­and I was told to take care of little Thomas; and thus I entered upon the duties of my new home with the most cheering prospect ahead.

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