reciprocal operations of labor, sleep, and repose will be strangely disregarded by such a man. He may succeed in a crop for a year, perhaps for a series of years; but the value of the personal property as well as of the lands will be annually depreciating.
There is no economy in employing an agent of this class.
A plantation is an empire within itself.
If the territory be large, and the subjects numerous, the mind that presides, whether as master or steward, must be competent to direct a proper division of labor, and to govern on the principles of justice and equity.
In such an empire, talents of a peculiar kind are required.
It is only the income from such estates that will justify the employment of the best talents, for these will always command high prices.
Masters with less income cannot command the best talents.
But, in either case, due regard should be paid to the moral character of the man put over slaves.
The authority committed to him is necessarily extensive.
Though industrious, he need not be cruel.
He should be fully capable of sympathizing with the semi-barbarous subjects of his empire.
Industry, good moral habits, and common sense, are essential qualities in an overseer.
To be wanting in any of these, constitutes an entire disqualification for the office.
To be himself immoral, and to contribute to corrupt the