servant, or the stranger within his gates, or the neighbor without them.”
And as he may be a good neighbor, and yet at fault as a husband and father, so he may be a good husband, a good father, and yet a bad master.
The duties which the master owes the slave are as binding on the conscience as those which the slave owes the master.
To neglect either involves the party so neglecting in sin. Indeed, the duties of the master are as binding as those of any relation in life.
On many accounts, they are peculiarly solemn.
They are duties owed to inferiors, and inferiors in a helpless condition.
They appeal to the magnanimity of the master.
He who disregards this appeal, not only violates duty, but betrays a want of magnanimity, bordering upon that meanness of spirit which delights to oppress an inferior, whilst it cowers before an equal.
A brave man is always magnanimous, and a magnanimous man will rarely fail to respect the rights of the helpless.
, as well as authority, enters as an element into the idea of master.
Masters are not only rulers, but protectors.
If the servant is defrauded of his own, if his wants are not regarded and his grievances redressed, or he is otherwise oppressed, to whom can he complain?
True, his miseries are not voiceless.
His cries “enter into the ears of the ”