Christian Sabbath — is the great civilizer of men. The clean skin, the Sunday suit, the companionship of friends, all unite with the sound instruction of the pulpit, and the warm-hearted reception of the truth, to raise man in the scale of being, to make him a better servant, and a better citizen — an heir, together with the master, of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Those more densely populated white communities which are well supplied with the Christian
ministry should afford ample accommodations to the colored population to hear the word of life, and share the blessings of the holy Sabbath.
Masters should see to this.
They have not done their duty when they subscribe to build a church in the neighborhood, and pay a trifle to the preacher.
Their slaves should also be provided for. If they will not go to heaven themselves, their slaves can go there, and many of them desire to go there.
Their masters unjustly withhold the means.
In many instances, suitable provision is not made.
The houses are small.
The slaves are crowded out. They hear but little; at least, they are not instructed.
A still greater defect of this system in Virginia
is, the slaves are but poorly supplied with pastoral labor out of the pulpit.
The sick are seldom visited.
The dead are only buried in crowds.
There is great room