of the incalculable benefit of the negro's will.
That does not cooperate with the forced toil of the body.
This is but the necessary consequence of all labor which does not benefit the laborer.
It is a just remark of that profound political economist, Adam Smith
, that ‘a slave can have no other interest than to eat and waste as much, and work as little, as he can.’
To my mind, in the wasteful and blighting influences of slave labor there is a solemn and warning moral.
They seem the evidence of the displeasure of Him who created man after His own image, at the unnatural attempt to govern the bones and sinews, the bodies and souls, of one portion of His children by the caprice, the avarice, the lusts of another; at that utter violation of the design of His merciful Providence
, whereby the entire dependence of millions of His rational creatures is made to centre upon the will, the existence, the ability, of their fellow-mortals, instead of resting under the shadow of His own Infinite Power and exceeding love.
I shall offer a few more facts and observations on this point.
1. A distinguished scientific gentleman, Mr. Coulomb
, the superintendent of several military works in the French West Indies
, gives it as his opinion, that the slaves do not perform more than one third of the labor which they would do, provided they were urged by their own interests and inclinations instead of brute force.
2. A plantation in Barbadoes
in 1780 was cultivated