"Charity to Negroes:" Rev. George Hunter's reflections on the treatment of slaves, 1749

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Title

"Charity to Negroes:" Rev. George Hunter's reflections on the treatment of slaves, 1749

Subject

Slavery--Religious aspects; Slavery--Justification; Slavery and the church--Catholic Church; Master and Servant; Jesuits--History--18th century

Description

In this reflection from 1749, Rev. George Hunter, the resident Superior of the Maryland Mission, contemplates the Jesuits' catechizing mission toward their slaves.

Creator

Maryland Province Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1749-12-20

Contributor

Tom Foley, Elsa Barraza Mendoza. Transcribed by Susan Brynne Long and Julia Greenwood (AMST272 Spring 2018).

Rights

Maryland Province Jesuits

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA223

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To the Greater Glory of God.

Charity to Negroes is Due from all particularly their masters.  As they are members of Jesus Christ, redeemed by his precious blood, they are to be Dealt with in a charitable, Christian, paternal manner, which is at the same time a great means to bring them to do their Duty to God, & therefore to gain their Souls.  

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Much talk of temporals shews the mind too much bent upon such things, & therefore must be disedifying in persons of our calling. Our discourse ought to be chiefly of the progress of our Missions, how to make greater progress; how to serve God in a more decent, handsome, pompous manner as a thing that helps to the interiour, by striking an awe; respect & reverence; where & how greater good may be done, more conversions be made, what methods to be taken for the catechising of children & Negroes, as well as instructions for others by more familiar Discourses in lieu of formal Sermons, which generally are not so beneficial as more familiar instructions.

            Revd Father George Hunter, Soc. Jes., of Venerable memory, in his Spiritual Retreat, at Portobacco,

            December 20. A. D. 1749.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Manuscript

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Citation

Maryland Province Archives, “"Charity to Negroes:" Rev. George Hunter's reflections on the treatment of slaves, 1749,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed September 25, 2018, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/243.

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