A Southern Planter

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J. Pott & Company, 1887 - 342 páginas
 

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Página 78 - WILT thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health : and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live ? The Man shall answer : I will.
Página 187 - Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel ; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: therefore thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
Página 78 - WILT thou have this man to thy wedded husband, " to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live ? The Woman shall answer : I will.
Página 83 - ... cotton crop. He never kept a slow mule; all must be fast and strong. They were sold as soon as they failed to come up to these requirements. Thomas bred all his own mules and nearly all his own horses — his thorough-bred riding-horses always — and frequently he had more than he needed of both. The great droves of mules and horses brought annually from Tennessee and Kentucky to less thrifty planters found no sale at Burleigh unless the master happened to need a pair of carriagehorses. Two...
Página 74 - ... great house" by young girls. These last were set a task by the mistress, with the privilege of holiday the rest of the day when it was done. This had the desired effect of making them quick and industrious, and so interested that they would be at their work betimes in the morning. The clever ones sometimes get through with the allotted task before breakfast. On rainy days all the plantation women were brought into the house. Then Mammy Maria, who was in her way a field-marshal on such occasions,...
Página 42 - About the year 1835 a great many Virginians were induced to remove with their families to the far South. For several reasons Thomas began to consider the expediency of moving out to the then new country. He was considered one of the most successful wheat and tobacco farmers in his part of the State. But the expensive style of living in Gloucester began to be a source of serious anxiety. He knew that with a young and growing family to educate and provide for the difficulty would be greater each year....
Página 70 - ... myself. She never tole me to stop." The negroes sold all the chickens they did not eat. They were taken to Raymond or Cooper's Well in a four-mule wagon, provided by the master. As he paid the market price, and as there was some risk of their getting less than he gave, there was not often a desire to send them off if he would take them. And he had need to buy all he used after the death of our faithful Granny Harriet. Different servants were given the care of the poultry, and all failed so signally...
Página 228 - January i, 1866, no apparent change took place among the Burleigh Negroes. Those who worked in the fields went out as usual and cultivated and gathered in the crops. In the house they went about their customary duties. We expected them to go away or to demand wages or at least to give some sign that they knew they were free. But, except that they were very quiet and serious and more obedient and kind than they had ever been known to be...
Página 235 - Orleans market," and in those long lines of snowy drapery ! But those to whom thou art showing these things are looking beyond them, at the man ! They are gazing reverently, and with scarce suppressed tears, on the hands that have been in this world for three-score and ten years, and are beginning to-day to support a houseful of children ! At the end of the hard day's work he would say, sometimes: "General Sherman has not brought my daughters to the wash-tub. I could not stand that.
Página 233 - The grief of betrayed trust was the bitterest drop in his cup of suffering. But he soon roused himself from this depression and set about arranging to raise the money needed to buy in the plantation. It could only be done by giving up all the money brought in by the cotton crop for many years. This meant rigid selfdenial for himself and his children. He could not bear the thought of seeing his daughters deprived of comforts. He was ready to stand unflinchingly any fate that might be in store for...

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