such as produce a more chastened, substantial, and elevated tone of Christian feeling.
For the want of enlightened views, the religious sentiment displays itself in superstitious conceits, which usually lead to wild and sometimes frantic feelings.
We need not dwell upon the evils of this state of things.
They are too obvious, in their influence upon the blacks, and oftentimes through them upon the nursery of white children, to require discussion.
That which demands attention is this: it is a duty which the master owes his slave to pursue that course in the government of his domestic empire which shall contribute to correct these evils, and to fit his slaves for their destiny in the spirit-world, where the distinction of master and slave will no longer exist.
Aside, then, from other and less important objects in that Divine economy which introduced the African into this country, God has thereby committed to you these ignorant, these suffering poor.
He requires you to care for their souls as well as their bodies.
The latter of these duties you may fulfil for your own interests merely.
But each one of them you ought faithfully to perform, both for God's sake and for the common interests of yourselves and your slaves.
“And ye masters, do the same things unto them:” that is, as the context shows, serve their interests faithfully, and that for the