sake of Christ
, as they are required to serve your commands faithfully, and that for the sake of Christ
But how may you do this?
You should provide for them the means of public religious instruction.
The owner of a large plantation of slaves should charge himself with the expense of a minister of the gospel for his slaves.
Smaller plantations should unite to employ the services of a minister.
The owners of still smaller plantations in thinly settled communities of whites, should see that the usual supply of ministerial service for the neighborhood is sufficient to meet the demands of their slaves.
Those who employ a minister, or those who unite with others to employ one to devote himself to the religious instruction of their slaves, should see that he is a man of blameless life, of sound, practical Christian experience, simple in his language, familiar in his manners, and fervent in spirit.
He should devote himself to teach the children the oral catechism, to visit the sick, to bury the dead, and preach the gospel regularly on the Sabbath.
On all occasions of public worship on the Sabbath, both old and young should be required to be present, and in their best clothes.
Masters should occasionally attend all these meetings.
Our missions on plantations are fine examples of the system here recommended.
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