Surely, say they, my slaves have no right to complain.
But this reasoning is not always fair.
It may be that the master overtasks him self.
This does not give the right to overtask his slaves.
Withal, he brings to his task a physical system stimulated to a high degree by those mental activities which push him forward to enterprise great things.
He labors to exhaustion and enjoys his rest only the more for having done so. Not so with the slave who works by his side.
When he yields to over-fatigue, his thoughts administer 110 cordial to his weary limbs.
It is well if he have not intelligence enough to make them a source of still further prostration.
Again, the man-servant and the maid-servant, as well as the beast, are entitled to the rest of the Sabbath.
More than this, we are commanded to “remember
the Sabbath-day to keep it holy.”
The head of the family should not only do this himself, but see that all his household observe the Sabbath.
It is not enough that the children and servants be left free to keep the Sabbath.
The head of the family should see that all the arrangements necessary to promote the due observance of the Sabbath are properly made, so that, whilst he requires the observance of the Sabbath, all the domestic arrangements invite to its observance.
There are certain individuals about many families