labor under the direction of another — that is, he is fit to be a slave; but he is not qualified to direct the labor of others — that is, he is not fit to be a master.
Slaves should be allowed reasonable time for rest
. All animal nature requires the refreshment derived from sleep.
The muscular and nervous system of man requires not less than seven hours in twenty-four to repair the wastes of a day of active labor.
This is a general rule.
Some do with less: a few require more.
But in every case there is a limit beyond which we cannot habitually go, without the sacrifice of health or life.
The constitutions of some laboring men can bear a great loss of sleep; but it is on the same principle that a few constitutions can, for a long time, resist the effects of the daily use of alcohol.
But still dram-drinking will tell, and so will the loss of sleep.
We unyoke the ox, we stable the horse, and the whole night is devoted to their repose,. But this is often not the case with the weary slave, who toiled with them through the day. He is convenient to demands, and a great many extra jobs may be found for him before he reposes.
I say “reposes,” for sleep is not all that is required for rest.
There is a time of leisure, a waking repose, which is as necessary as sleep.