Public opinion will not tolerate it. The economy of such a master is as bad as his injustice to his neighbors is oppressive.
7. Stewards or overseers
. The duty which the master owes his slaves in the selection of a person to be over them is often embarrassing, and at all times important.
That which a farmer has time and ability to do for himself, he should not employ an agent to do for him. He has more interest in it than any one else, and will observe more fidelity in its performance.
No economist will employ a steward to manage his farm if he can prudently supply his place by his own personal attentions.
Some employ them that they may with less loss indulge in idleness: others, because they distrust their own experience in farming; and others again, because more important duties put it out of their power to give the necessary personal attention to their farms.
But whether from the one cause or the other, the master owes certain duties to his slave as well as to himself in selecting an individual to take his place over them.
Economically considered, the rights of the slave and the interests of the master coincide.
Many overlook this.
An industrious but heartless business man may be found to act as steward, who, with an interest in the crop, will stir late and early, and drive hard all the day; but the great laws which regulate the