The Negroes have all uniformly behaved themselves well, having been industrious, economical, and thrifty; fair and honorable in their dealings; moral and religious in their lives; obedient to the laws; civil and respectful to the white Lordlings of the Land. And it is with much pleasure that I state, that in despite of prejudice against free Negroes, and the disposition to oppress and ill treat them, there never has been any charge brought against one of them, for harboring slaves, or keeping bad company, of disrespectful conduct or language to the Whites, or of any violation of the laws, or of any immoral or improper conduct of any kind whatever. (Edward Coles, 1827 autobiography)

Edward Coles

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