expect to become masters, to inquire into the duties of this relation.
The master who does not inform himself on this subject, and endeavor conscientiously to do his duty, is strangely wanting in important elements of Christian character, and, indeed, even in some of those attributes which enter materially into the character of a good citizen.
A most fanatical spirit is abroad in the land on the subject of domestic slavery.
The inhumanity of masters at the South
is greatly exaggerated.
(Instances in which the institution of slavery is abused no doubt contribute to this excitement.) Even those who are deficient in the duties they owe their domestics and apprentices — quite as much so as is common at the South
with the masters of African
slaves — lend a willing ear to political demagogues and fanatical party-leaders in their denunciations of the South
Want of sympathy for hired servants, aid instances in which they are overreached and oppressed beyond the means of legal redress, are as common in certain quarters as are the cases of inhumanity to the slaves at the South
But this does not help the matter.
Evils of this kind are to be deplored whether they occur at the North
or the South
The injunction of the apostle reaches every case of the kind--“Masters, give unto your servants ”