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--If there is any one evil permitted in our midst which should more than any other be put a stop to, it is that of suffering negro slaves to hire their own time. To such an extent has this been carried that it is a difficult matter to find one of any value who can be obtained from the owners' hands. Much evil results from giving them this wide license, both to their own ultimate value and to the interests of the residents living in neighborhoods with them. It is well known that a huger number of robberies have recently been committed than was ever known before, and as, in most cases where found our, this class of negroes have been the perpetrators, it is fair to presume that hiring them their own time is no advantage to their morals, and does not enhance their value to their owners. As Christmas is fast approaching, when house keepers and others will have to re-hire negro labor, we suggest to the proper tribunal that the license heretofore granted, allowing negroes to hire their own time, as well as that of permitting white persons to stand master for them, while they are themselves to all intents and purposes their own masters and mistresses, be revoked, and no such practice be allowed in future. It such is done we believe there will be a manifest improvement in the morals of the negroes of this city, as well as less trouble among house keepers than has been heretofore experienced. Let the Hustings Court take the matter in hand.

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