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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Servitude for life: an answer to
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J. M. Ludlow
Servitude for life: an answer to Thomas Carlyle by J. M. Ludlow. Frederick Maximus--Harkee here, Dan, you black nigger rascal. You're no longer a slave, you're a servant hired for life. T. C. Nigger--By golly! Wife and chil'n servants for life too, massa? F. M.--Yes, all you niggers. But you must work all the same, you know. T. C. N.--Iss, massa. What wages you gib? F. M.--Wages, you rascal? Quart of corn a day, and three shirts and pantaloons a year; for legal hours of work, fourteen hours a day for half the year, and fifteen the other half. Laws of South-Carolina. T. C. N.--Any priv'leges, massa? F. M.--Privileges! Ha! ha! Yes, privileges of John Driver's whip, or of such other punishment as I choose to inflict, and of not being believed on oath if you go and peach against me, and of being sold down South when I please, and of being converted by any parson whom I choose to allow. T. C. N.--Hm. Wife and chil'n my own dis time, mass? F. M.--Ha!