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and Georgia, receive one peck of Indian meal per week.
On the turpentine plantations some bosses allow, in addition, one quart of molasses and five pounds of pork; others, one quart of molasses and three pounds of pork; others, again, two or two and a half pounds of pork, minus the molasses.
On many plantations the slaves are allowed one peck of meal a week without any other provisions.
In such cases, I believe, they are generally permitted to keep poultry, whose eggs they dispose of on Sundays or at night, and with the money buy pork or vegetables.
They bake the meal into cakes or dumplings, or make mush with it. One peck of meal is as much as any one person can consume in a week.
No slave ever complained to me of the quantity of his allowance.
Several who received no pork, or only two pounds a fortnight, complained that We's not ‘nuf fed, mass'r, for de work da takes out on us; and others, again, said that the sameness of the diet was sickening.
Everywhere, however, the slav