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Daniel Benson. Daniel and his mother were slaves to Perry Boots, of Delaware. His master was in the habit of letting him out to neighboring farmers and receiving the wages himself. Daniel had married a free woman, and they had several children, mostly supported by her industry. His mother was old and helpless; and the master, finding it rather burdensome to support her, told Daniel that if he would take charge of her, and pay him forty dollars a year, he might go where he pleased. T
hen Daniel remarked, I know master Perry loves a little brandy; but I did not like to get brandy; so I bought a quart of Mr. Morris' best wine, and thought perhaps that would do instead.
I never drink anything but water myself.
Soon after Daniel Benson became a free man, he gave up sawing wood, and opened a shop for the sale of second-hand clothing.
He was successful in business, brought up his family very reputably, and supported his mother comfortably to the end of her days.
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