A Letter to the Governors, Legislatures, and Proprietors of Plantations, in the British West-India Islands

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T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1808 - African Americans - 48 pages

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Page 18 - Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do ; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates.
Page 25 - Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear ; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
Page 10 - Among other religious communities, they, who have most distinguished themselves in the business of conversion, are the Moravians or United Brethren. These indeed have shown a degree of zeal, of vigour, of perseverance, of an unconquerable spirit and firmness of mind, which no dangers, no difficulties could subdue, (combined at the same time with the greatest gentleness, prudence, and moderation,) and of which no example can be found since the first primitive ages of Christianity. They have penetrated...
Page 41 - From his place (chair or desk) he overlooks the whole school, and gives life and motion to every member of it. He inspects the classes, one by one, and is occupied wherever there is most occasion for his services, and where they will best tell. He is to encourage the diffident, the timid, and the backward; to check and repress the forward and presumptuous: to bestow just and ample commendation upon the diligent, attentive, and orderly, however dull their capacity, or slow their progress; to stimulate...
Page 25 - Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things ; not answering again ; not purloining, but showing all good fidelity ; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Page 14 - Increase of their population, by their fidelity, their industry, their honesty, their sobriety, their humility, submission, and obedience to their masters; all which virtues are most strictly enjoined, under pain of eternal punishment, by that divine religion in which they will have been educated...
Page 29 - ... power is spreading ruin, devastation, and the most complicated misery over the world; subverting kingdoms, empires, and long established governments, and bursting asunder all the most sacred , bonds of civil and political society ; we see this small Island, not only exerting itself with vigour in its own defence, and standing up single against the torrent that is overwhelming the whole continent of Europe, but at the same time silently and quietly providing for the future happiness of the human...
Page 44 - ... powers and marvellous effects. Like the steam engine, or spinning machinery, it diminishes labour and multiplies work, but in a degree which does not admit of the same limits, and scarcely of the same calculations as they do. For, unlike the mechanical powers, this intellectual and moral engine, the more work it has to perform, the greater is the facility and expedition with which it is performed, and the greater is the degree of perfection to which it is carried.
Page 22 - Sunday schools, and schools of industry of this kindom ; and were thus rendered capable of reading and comprehending those admirable discourses, sermons, and tracts of various kinds, which the ablest and most virtuous persons, both among the laity and the clergy of this country, were employed in composing for the lowest classes of the people ; in bringing them down to the level of their understandings; and in making so forcible an appeal, not to the ignorance, but to the knowledge, of the inferior...
Page 42 - A register of the daily tasks" performed by each class, and by each boy, when he happens to be individually engaged in writing, arithmetic, or any solitary exercise, which are added up weekly and monthly, and compared with each other, and with former performances. This simple contrivance is admirably fitted to correct idleness, and detect negligence in their origin, and to bear permanent testimony to merit and demerit, even if overlooked in passing. For these important purposes, too, there is lodged...

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