of such buildings are not filthy, degraded, and thievish to an extent that materially depreciates their value, it can only be because they are extraordinary examples of moral purity.
3. Slaves should be comfortably clothed
. All those families whose self-respect leads them to regard their position in society, supply their slaves with comfortable clothing, and pay particular attention to the neatness as well as the comfort of those kept about the house.
It would indicate a very low state of civilization, if these things should be generally neglected.
The improvements in the manufacture of cotton, wool, and leather have been so great that nothing short of these could be tolerated in decent society.
Our slaves are no doubt generally better fed, clothed, and housed than are the menials in most of the nations of Europe
Still, there are instances of neglect, which should be noticed.
Those who pay but little attention to their habitations, generally neglect their clothing.
Feet are to be found unshod when frost is on the ground; the head uncovered in all weathers; and the body far from being suitably protected.
The color and tropical habitudes of our slaves render them peculiarly liable to suffer from cold.
Health as well as comfort requires them to be warmly clad in cold weather.
“A shivering servant is a shame to any master.”