Families are sometimes broken up from these causes, and the slaves sold under the hammer.
The separation of family ties, which under given circumstances is a cause for so much regret, is often to be traced to these sources.
But long before this result, the slaves are considered and felt to be a nuisance in the neighborhood.
Many intelligent and humane neighbors, who deplore the dissolution of the family and the separations consequent upon it, are bound to admit that these disasters after all are the least of evils.
Hence, slaves should be subjected to physical labor.
“If any man will not work, neither shall he eat
” --so God has said, and the master who disregards it either for himself or his slaves shall come to poverty; and this shall be the least part of the evil.
But slaves should be subjected only to reasonable labor
. There is an excess of physical exertion which the constitution cannot bear.
The laws of nature cannot be violated with impunity.
Sooner or later the effects will follow.
Excessive labor will result in a peculiar liability to disease, in premature old age, or in death.
For the reckless industry of a few years, all this pecuniary loss and great moral evil follows.
He who transcends the limits which God has fixed to human labor, pays the forfeit of health, if not of life.