man denies himself the benefit of this.
The slave is entitled to the early part of the night for this.
No one has a right to require him to take all his rest with his eyes shut, and his senses locked up in sleep.
There is the refreshment of mind resulting from repose from ordinary pursuits, and occupation with things which may please the humor or minister to innocent gratification, by which, to a certain degree, the exhausted system is restored as much as by sleep.
Indeed, without this, “balmy sleep” is not a “sweet restorer.”
The man who works hard the six days of the week, does not require to sleep all Sunday in order to restore his wasted system.
There is a transition of mental pursuits from business to devotion, and there is to a virtuous mind the hallowed cheerfulness of that holy day, which contributes to restore the system, no less than cessation from labor, and sleep.
The slave, like his master, is entitled to the night.
What if he do employ a reasonable part of it to turn a penny, and in arranging for his personal comfort?
It gives repose to his mind: it ministers to his cheerfulness: along with sleep it reinvigorates his whole system, and makes him a more valuable as well as a more happy servant.
Who, then, shall deny him the boon?
Surely not the economist, who calls him his “money,” and who, by any