A Device of the enemy.
One of the cunning devices of old Wool
to get negroes in his hands is to pretend that he pays them for their services.
He hopes in this way to be able to induce negroes to absented from their masters.
They are not as great fools as he supposes.
Once in his clothes, he can work them to death, or send them to be sold in ba, where they will pass the rest of their lives far away from their Virginia
So the contemptible trick is beneath the dignity of an old soldier.