BY MRS. L. M. CHILD, AUTHOR OF “AN APPEAL IN FAVOR OF THAT CLASS OF AMERICANS CALLED AFRICANS,” “ANTI-SLAVERY CATECHISM,” “EVILS AND CURE OF SLAVERY,” “THE FOUNTAIN,” “THE OASIS,” ETC.
No one can examine the subject of slavery, without being often led to reflect on the probable sufferings of aged slaves. If it be unwise for infirm parents to become entirely dependent on the generosity of their own children, what can we reasonably expect of human nature, entrusted with despotic power over a poor, despised slave, too feeble to labor, and too old to bring any thing in the market? Will money or care be expended on the worn out human machine, when it can no longer be kept in such repair as to prove profitable to the owners? An ordinary knowledge of human nature, and the most authentic accounts of slavery, alike prove, that slaves generally have little to rely upon, when they cease to administer to the luxury or convenience of their masters.