"Young Marse John and me waz born, dey say, de same day. We growed up togeddar, and he was mighty nice to me. He teach me de ABC's on de sly. W'en Ol' Miss find out, she thrass us bot. Bimby Ol' Marse die. Mo'gage on de plantation. I heah dey goin' sell de ol' silber, furntiture, me and dat kin' ob stuff.
"Nex' mornin'. Marse John he say to me, 'dey going sell you ijnto Georgia. Yo better go 'way and stay a while'. No I say, who milk de cow? 'Cow milk herself,' he say. I keep quiet, didn't say much".