P. C. Weston: Rules on the Rice Estate

(1856)

Document Text

The Proprietor, in the first place, wishes the Overseer most distinctly to understand that his first object is to be, under all circumstances, the care and well being of the negroes. The Proprietor is always ready to excuse such errors as may proceed from want of judgment; but he never can or will excuse any cruelty, severity, or want of care towards the negroes. For the well-being, however, of the negroes, it is absolutely necessary to maintain obedience, order, and discipline; to see that the tasks are punctually and carefully performed, and to conduct the business steadily...


Source: Ulrich B. Phillips, ed. Plantation and Frontier Documents: 1649–1863. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1909....

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