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_d-ustand full of vermiii . " Bui this was _lbtit a small sample of the miseries , of unfortunate missisOf the black eii
an " . " course wom _^ _finding a compassionate female heart -willing to listen to them— - _Tthe mothertooof little white children- —eame daify to her with
all manner of , afflictions , . Sent to field labour three weeks after their _confinements , and compelled to labour previous to the birth
of their children , until absolutely obliged to give in , these poor women suffer cruelly from weakness and disease . What more
natural , more inevitable , than that they should appeal with piteous tears to a married woman in a position of apparent authority over
them ? Mrs . Kemble appealed to her husband , appealed to the overseerwith the straightforward energy to which her age and
, position entitled her ; the result was that the women were flogged , and that her husband at last forbade her to be the medium of any
petition to him ; the reason of the prohibition being apparently not so much crueltyas a despair of mending or meddling in a
system of which the overseer , was the real head . The whole book is full of stories of this kind ; stories which any woman writhing
with pity and indignation would inevitably write to her female _friendstories which make the blood curdle from the frightful
_indelicacy ; , not of Mrs . Kemble's words , but of the conduct of the men in authority .
Put if the people are dirty , sick , and miserable , how fares it with the planters ? The house which the authoress occupied during
this winter , consisted of three small rooms , and three still smaller , which would be more appropriately designated as closets , a wooden
recess by way of pantry , and a kitchen detached from the dwelling —a mere wooden out-house , with no floor but the bare earth- —and
for furniture , a congregation of filthy negroes , who lounged in and out of it like hungry hounds , at all hours of the day and night ,
picking up such scraps of food as they could find about . Of three apartmentsone was sittingeatingand living roomsize 16 feet fey
, , , , 15 , * the walls plastered indeed , but neither painted . nor papered , and divided from the bedroom by a dingy wooden partition covered
all over with hooks , pegs * and nails , to which hats > caps , keys _* Sec , were suspended with graceful irregularity . The doors opened by
wooden latches , raised by means of small bits of packthread . Plow they shut is not describedas the shutting of a door is a process of
extremely rare occurrence , throughout the whole Southern country . And a similar shiftiness appears to have reigned in neighbouring
in _plantations human affairs ;—as which how should 2 _^ revent it s be the otherwise rich from ? There wholly is escap a solidarity ing the
results of the condition of their dependents ; and if , on the one hand , we find negro women driven like beasts , with less regard than
would be paid to female domestic animals ; on the other hand , we find two Southern planters proposing a duel in which they should
aim at white paper marks placed above each other hearts , and the
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English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), July 1, 1863, page 346, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01071863/page/58/