He should not only positively forbid the herding together in indiscriminate intercourse, but he should promote marriage by all suitable arrangements and influences.
It is an important interest and duty with him to have his slaves suitably married and at home.
He should not scruple to buy and to sell to effect proper marriages among the slaves of his own plantation.
And when this cannot be done, he should permit his slaves to intermarry with those of a neighboring plantation.
There should be in all cases separate apartments for families, and separate houses as soon as they can be provided.
From causes which need not be enumerated, they are peculiarly addicted to licentious indulgences, and particularly disposed to violate the marriage-bed.
No master is at liberty to neglect or overlook these immoralities.
He should not allow any to marry without understanding the obligations of the relation, and he should enforce, as far as his discipline can reach the case, the obligations of the marriage-bed.
The custom of leaving one wife and taking another, should be positively prohibited.
Those masters whose policy actually makes this custom in a good degree necessary, cannot be too severely censured.
If slaves were mere chattels, as abolitionists affirm they are, there might be an apology