as “their money:” “for he is his money
,” Ex. XXI. 21.
1. Slaves should be subjected to reasonable labor
. Instances are to be found in which ignorance with a natural tendency to idleness, or vast wealth, joined with a kind of sentimental religion, which exhausts itself in a morbid sympathy for the poor, leads to a disregard of that great law of nature under which slaves should be subjected to labor.
Many are indulged in idleness.
Idleness is a crime in any one.
Even those whose wealth and social position in society enable them to indulge in idleness without incurring the ordinary penalties, inflict a great evil upon society thereby.
And for those who can only be occupied in the menial offices of society to be indulged in idleness is to create a nuisance.
There are families in the Southern
country whose slaves can only be regarded as nuisances.
Sometimes the ignorance, but more frequently the dissipated habits of the master, lead to this.
Again, in some cases, widows with large fortunes in slaves furnish examples of the same.
They are not generally in circumstances to manage a farm, without the aid of an intelligent and judicious steward.
But a morbid sympathy, joined, perhaps, with parsimony, prevents the employment of such a one.
The consequence is, the slaves are indulged in